Saudi diplomat accused of sexually assaulting Nepalese women hasn't flown out of India: Report

A Saudi diplomat charged with the rape of two Nepalese women has not left India, a report said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2015, 13:04 PM IST
Saudi diplomat accused of sexually assaulting Nepalese women hasn't flown out of India: Report
The rescued women, who were allegedly raped by a Saudi diplomat, outside Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi on September 09, 2015.

New Delhi: A Saudi diplomat charged with the rape of two Nepalese women has not left India, a report said on Thursday.

Earlier, reports were claiming that the diplomat has fled.

However, ANI quoted sources as saying that the diplomat is very much in India.

The Gurgaon police had on Wednesday said allegations of rape against a Saudi diplomat were not yet proven even as the Saudi Arabian embassy strongly denied the allegations and protested the "unwarranted media briefing before investigations are complete".

The diplomat is covered under the Vienna Convention that provides diplomatic immunity, and police said they will probe the case as per the Convention.

On Wednesday evening, Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati met senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry and protested against the police action at the residence of one of its diplomats charged with the rape of two Nepalese women.

According to a police complaint filed on Tuesday in Gurgaon, two Nepalese women alleged that they were raped and gang-raped and subjected to unnatural sex by a Saudi diplomat over four months, and also by his friends and guests. They also alleged that his wife and daughter also harassed them and beat them.

On Tuesday, police registered cases against the diplomat, said to be a First Secretary, and "unknown people" said to be the diplomat's friends, at the DLF-2 police station under sections of gang-rape, rape, unnatural sex and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, including wrongful confinement, voluntarily causing hurt, and criminal conspiracy.

Official sources said the External Affairs Ministry will get into the picture in case police file charges and need to interrogate the person.

The Saudi embassy, in a statement said it has brought to the notice of the MEA "the unwarranted media briefing before investigations are complete" and also "the police intrusion into a diplomat's house against all diplomatic conventions".

The embassy said it would, however, wait for clarification from the MEA about the matter and for the outcome of the investigations into the allegations.

No one has been arrested so far.

Nepal Ambassador in India Deep Upadhyay on Wednesday said they were in touch with the MEA and police to seek a detailed report on the alleged case.

The two Nepalese women alleged that they were lured to India, "sold" to the diplomat, and held captive for over three months during which they were taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for a few days. They alleged that they were forced to perform "unnatural sex" for the diplomat and his friends at knife-point.

The women were on Monday evening "rescued" from an apartment on the fifth floor of the Ambience Island Caitriona complex in Gurgaon. They were "rescued" after the intervention of the Nepalese embassy and with the help of NGO Maiti Nepal-India.

(With Agency inputs)