French consulate official Pascal Mazurier, accused by his Indian wife of raping their four-year-old daughter, was arrested and produced in court on Tuesday.
The metropolitan magistrate court remanded Mazurier, 39, in 14-day judicial custody.
Earlier, chaos prevailed after a passerby slapped the consular agent when police were taking him to the state-run Bowring Hospital for medical check-up. Police failed to catch the attacker. Doctors took Mazurier’s blood sample for a DNA test.
Karnataka Police moved in on Mazurier a day after getting the go-ahead from the union home ministry. The Centre’s move coincided with France making it clear that he did not enjoy diplomatic immunity.
Mazurier’s wife, Suja Jones, had lodged a complaint with the police on June 14.
Jones, 37, told the police she doubted her husband and had asked her domestic help on June 13 to keep an eye on him when he came home for lunch.
The domestic help reportedly told Jones that Mazurier spent nearly two hours with their daughter in a locked room. Later, Jones saw her daughter crying and took her to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. Subsequently, a medical examination at the Baptist Hospital confirmed sexual assault.
Jones, who hails from Kerala, married Mazurier more than 10 years ago in France. The couple also has two sons. “There are many factors involved in this case and only my lawyer can clarify,” she said. Jones has requested that her husband not be allowed custody of their children, who are French citizens.
Mazurier moved to Bangalore from France in 2008 following his posting at the consulate.
In Delhi, Preneet Kaur, minister of state for external affairs, said, “We deeply abhor this crime… he will get his due punishment through the courts.”