Saudi diplomat accused of rape and sodomy left India

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Indian government on Wednesday confirmed that the Saudi Arabian diplomat accused of raping and torturing two Nepalese women had left India.

“We learn that Saudi Embassy First Secretary Mr. Majed Hassan Ashoor, who is allegedly accused of abusing two Nepali maids, has left India. The first secretary being a diplomat is governed by the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement.

The diplomat was accused by the two Nepalese women of rape and Gurgaon police had filed a first information report in the case.

However, the Vienna Convention provides for diplomatic immunity to serving diplomats and their immediate families.

Last week the women if Nepalese origin claimed that they had been kept in bondage, tortured and sexually assaulted for months.

The women, who originally belonged to Nepal, worked at the diplomat’s house as domestic helps. This was brought to light after another domestic help managed to escape and reported the matter to an NGO, Maiti India, who then contacted the police.

But the Saudi embassy, dismissing the charges as “completely false” and “contrary to facts in our possession”, said they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter as per diplomatic norms.

A Saudi embassy official also disapproved of the way police was damaging a person and a country’s reputation on the basis of mere charges made by a third person and said it was violative of the rights of the diplomat and his family.

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