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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India

Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India


BBC- Police in India are investigating allegations that a Saudi Arabian diplomat raped two Nepali maids at his home near the capital Delhi.
The women, who worked as maids for the official, were rescued from the house in the suburb of Gurgaon on Monday after a tip-off from an NGO.
They say they were held captive by his family and sexually abused by them and other Saudi nationals.
The Saudi embassy told the media that the charges were "completely false".
Police have registered a case of rape, sodomy and illegal confinement against the Saudi official, without naming him.
Officials are checking whether he has diplomatic immunity. It is not clear if he is still in the country, The Hindu reports.
The two women, aged 30 and 50, were apparently lured away from Nepal with promises of fake jobs in Saudi Arabia.
The alleged abuse to which they were subjected took place over several months at the apartment in Gurgaon, south of Delhi.
"One new maid visited the apartment and witnessed the miseries of these two women and left the house. That maid reported the matter to the NGO, which informed the police," senior Gurgaon police official Rajesh Chechi told the Press Trust of India news agency.
Police raided the apartment late on Monday and rescued the women.
"The women were brought to the police station and later sent to the hospital for a medical examination that confirmed rape and sexual assault," Mr Chechi told The Indian Express newspaper.
The women told the Times Now television channel they were never abused at the embassy official's house in Saudi Arabia and that the violence started only after they arrived in India several months ago.
"They would beat us every night and often there were more than one man who would torture and rape us," one of the women said. "We have marks all over our body."
Senior Gurgaon police official Rajesh Kumar told the AFP news agency that they had "registered a case of rape, sodomy and illegal confinement based on their complaint".
"They have also said that even guests at the house raped them. That is why we have added gang rape in the list of charges."
India's foreign ministry says it will decide what action to take once it has a report from the police.
Nepal's embassy is waiting for the investigation to end before it launches a diplomatic complaint, Reuters reports.
Thousands of men and women from Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries, travel to India and other Asian and Arab countries every year to seek work as domestic servants and labourers.