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India Rape Case: Woman Jumps Off Moving Train To Escape Molesters In Bihar, India

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Indian commuters overcrowd a local passenger train on the Patna-Gaya railway track at state capital Patna on July 2, 2009. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) | STR/AFP/Getty Images

A woman is in critical condition after jumping off a speeding express train in order to escape a pair of molesters in Bihar, India.

According to the Times of India, the woman was leaving the restroom when she was accosted by a man who forcibly tried to enter the stall with her. After a short struggle, she lept from the train when it slowed down near Jagjiwan Halt, near Ara. She was taken to Sadar Hospital, where she is being treated for injuries to her head and legs, the Hindustan Times reports.

The alleged molester has been identified as Rakesh Kumar and was apprehended on the train by a fellow passenger. A second man, also an army soldier, is believed to have participated in the attempted assault. The International Business Times notes that he fled to another rail car during the chaos involving Kumar.

The victim, a woman in her thirties from Darjeeling, was traveling New Jalpaiguri to Delhi when the incident occurred. According to the Times of India, she is the mother of 13-year-old twins.

India's railways are notorious for their overcrowding and prevalence of sexual assault. Back in July, a 19-year-old woman was thrown from a running train as she tried to escape four attackers, NBS news reported.

Thursday's incident occurred on the same day that India's top law enforcement official called for a crackdown on crimes against women. The country is currently in a state of unrest as protests rage in light of the tragic gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman from New Delhi.

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