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Saudi embassy rejects rape allegations against its envoy
Observer Online Desk
Published :Thursday, 10 September, 2015,  Time : 3:59 PM  View Count : 34
The two Nepalese women, who alleged rape and abuse against a Saudi diplomat, outside the Nepal embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Ministry of External Affairs has asked for a detailed report on the investigation from Gurgaon police.

The case allegedly involving a Saudi Diplomat accused of sexually and physically abusing two Nepalese women could turn into a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia protesting against Haryana Police raid at the residence of the diplomat and accusing him of rape.

Saudi Ambassador to India Saud Mohammed Alsati conveyed his unhappiness to the Ministry of External Affairs about the police's action amid reports that the accused diplomat identified as Majid flew out of the country soon after the police registered a case accusing him of rape.

The MEA has asked for a detailed report on the investigation from Gurgaon police. Sources said the police will compile a report that will include the FIR, statements of the two victims to the police and to a judicial magistrate and medical reports that confirm sexual and physical abuse. The statement made to a judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code is admissible as evidence.

"Further steps will be taken once the Ministry receives a detailed report from the local police," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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According to sources, if a prima facie case is made out in the police report, the ministry would approach the Saudi Arabian embassy and ask it to cooperate in the investigation and allow investigators access to the accused diplomat. Sources said further action against the diplomat will only be initiated if the government is satisfied with the investigation carried out by the Gurgaon police.

"The MEA will assess whether the allegations can be backed by solid evidence and if it is satisfied New Delhi may ask Saudi Arabia to drop the diplomatic immunity enjoyed by the accused," said a government official.

Protesting against violation of Vienna Convention the ambassador met Joint Secretary Thanglura Darlong in the MEA and protested against the police intrusion into the house of the diplomat.

The MEA conveyed to him that police was not aware that it was a house of a diplomat and they were acting only on the reports that two Nepalese women have been kept there against their will and being ill-treated.

Meanwhile, the embassy of Saudi Arabia issued a statement terming as false the allegations of sexual assault against the diplomat. "The embassy strongly stresses that these allegations are false and have not been proven," a statement from the embassy said.

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