September 10, 2015
New Delhi/Gurgaon: Two Nepalese women who were allegedly confined and raped by a Saudi diplomat and his “guests” in a flat in Gurgaon said their tormentors had threatened to kill them even as the Saudi embassy protested the police “intrusion” into the diplomat’s house.
Recounting their ordeal, the women said though they were brought for “handling domestic chores…but he did horrific things with us” and alleged that they were shown “knives and threatened to kill us.
Reacting to allegations, Saudi embassy issued a statement terming them as “false” and said it has protested the police intrusion into a diplomat’s house against “all diplomatic conventions.” They also brought to the notice of the concerned officials in the MEA the “unwarranted media briefings before investigations are complete”, it said.
Saudi Ambassador to India Saud Mohammed Alsati along with some embassy officials also met senior officials to register their protest with the External Affairs Ministry, which told them that a detailed report was awaited from the Gurgaon police in the matter.
On future course of action, Spokesperson in the MEA Vikas Swarup said further steps will be taken once the Ministry receives a detailed report from the local police. According to sources, if a prima facie case is made out in the police report, the ministry would approach the Saudi Arabia embassy and ask it to cooperate in the investigation.
Meanwhile, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk, who is heading a special investigation team in the case, said the probe into the allegations would be undertaken in accordance with the Vienna convention as the official enjoys diplomatic immunity.
“We have been able to establish the identity (of the diplomat who has been accused of rape) and we have also been able to establish that the residents of that flat enjoy diplomatic immunity,” he said at a press conference in Gurgaon.