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India seeks Saudi help to quiz tainted diplomat.

INDIA has communicated to Saudi Arabia that the Gurgaon Police needs access to its diplomat accused of raping and torturing two Nepalese women working as domestic help in his residence in Gurgaon. Based on case material provided by the Gurgaon Police to the Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA), it is essential to record the diplomat's statement, sources said.

Sources said India will also ask Saudi Arabia to consider lifting the diplomatic immunity for the accused diplomat if the need arises. " If a strong case is made with solid evidence, all legal options will be explored,"said a source.

Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati was called in by the MEA on Thursday and told that the Haryana Police investigating the case is seeking cooperation, a day after the ministry received a police report on the case.

" MEA Chief of Protocol called in Saudi Ambassador and conveyed the request of Haryana Police for cooperation of the Embassy in the case of two Nepali citizens,"Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.

Sources said unless the diplomatic immunity is waived off by the Saudi government, it is not possible to press charges against the accused diplomat.

Article 32 of the Geneva Convention has a provision for waiving off the diplomatic India

immunity by the state to which the diplomat belongs.

Gurgaon Police had sent a detailed report to the ministry on their investigation into the case.

Sources said the police submitted a report that included the FIR, statements of the two victims given to the police and a judicial magistrate, and medical reports confirming sexual and physical abuse. Under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the statement made to a judicial magistrate is admissible as evidence.

The report was sent hours after a second medical examination of the two women confirmed rape and sodomy, said Rajesh Chechi, ACP ( Crime) of Gurgaon Police.

The Saudi Embassy had issued a statement terming the allegations false and said it has protested the police intrusion into a diplomat's house against all diplomatic conventions. Article 30 ( 1) of the Geneva Convention says, " The private residence of a diplomatic agent shall enjoy the same inviolability and protection as the premises of the mission."India conveyed to the Saudi Ambassador that the police was not aware that it was a diplomat's Cops send detailed report to MEA

diplomat's house and they were acting only on reports that two Nepalese women have been kept there against their will and were being ill- treated.

Two Nepalese women have alleged that they were confined and raped by the diplomat and his guests repeatedly in a flat in Gurgaon on the outskirts of the Capital after which the local police filed an FIR in the matter.

The Saudi Ambassador along with some embassy officials had also met senior MEA officials on Wednesday to register their protest.

It is learnt that the diplomat along with his family has shifted to the Saudi Embassy while the two Nepalese women have left for Nepal earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, a group of women rights activists held a protest outside Saudi Embassy demanding action against the diplomat.

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Date:Sep 11, 2015
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