Saudi diplomats accused of raping Napalese women


New Delhi, September 10: Two Nepalese women aged 30 and 40 have accused their Saudi Arabian diplomat employer of subjecting them to months of repeated rapes and assaults while working for him in India.

Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk said he had written to India's foreign ministry and the Saudi Arabian embassy asking if the man has diplomatic immunity. 

A spokesman for India's foreign ministry said it had requested a report from the police and would decide on what action to take after reviewing the information.

Indian police are now investigating the accusations, which has ignited debate regarding immunity granted to diplomats around the world.
Diplomats cannot be immediately arrested, because under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations they enjoy immunity from arrest, criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits in the countries where they are posted.
Governments may press a foreign government to waive immunity in cases where serious crimes are committed.

'If they refuse then the only option left would be to kick the person out,' said G. Parthasarathy, a veteran Indian diplomat.

Police said the women were rescued on Monday after police were tipped off by a non-governmental organisation and officials at the Nepali embassy.

A senior official at the Nepali embassy said his government was waiting for the Indian police to complete their investigation before launching a diplomatic complaint.

New Delhi police said a medical exam confirmed the women had been sexually assaulted. 

The Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi have not responded to calls for comment. 

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