A diplomat at the Saudi Arabia embassy in New Delhi has been booked for allegedly raping two Nepali women, Gurgaon police said Tuesday.
The women, aged around 30, have alleged that they were abducted and raped by the diplomat repeatedly at a flat in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of Delhi.
The victims have alleged that they were first taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia where they were made to perform household chores and were raped there, police officials said.
They were taken to the Gurgaon flat where even guests of the family also raped them, he said, adding the flat had been taken on rent by the Saudi embassy based in Delhi.
“We received a letter from the Nepal embassy on Monday and they informed that two Nepal nationals were taken hostage in an apartment in Gurgaon," Gurgaon's commissioner of police Navdeep Singh Virk, said.
“Teams were formed and they were rescued. The preliminary investigation revealed that the accused is first secretary to the ambassador of Saudi Arabia and was living with his family members at Caitriona Towers, Ambience Island.”
Victims rescued from flat
Members of an NGO along with police teams rushed to the apartment and after a fight with the guards and the diplomat's family members, the victims were rescued, police said.
Reports said a case against the diplomat and "unknown people" has been registered at the DLF-2 police station under sections of gang-rape (376 D), rape (376), unnatural sex (377) and some other sections of Indian Penal Code including 342, 323 and 120B. No arrest has been made so far.
IANS reported that the wife and daughter of the diplomat too have been booked for torturing the domestic helps. Police said the diplomat's wife was aware of what was going on and attacked the victims with a knife twice apart from threatening them.
"We have sought a report from local police," MEA spokesperson while commenting on the matter.
Saudi embassy officials, 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.
Reports said the embassy disapproved of the way the police were giving information to media on the basis of charges that were yet to be substantiated.
'Offered as prostitutes'
According to the victims, they were taken hostage four months back after they were offered a job in Saudi Arabia by a placement agency in Nepal at a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 along with lodging and food.
The placement agency got a commission of Rs 1 lakh for providing one woman to an agent named Anwar in Delhi who used to supply women to the accused, police said.
Balkrishan Pandey, conveyor of the Maiti India NGO, said, “We received information 11 days ago after another woman from Nepal was sent to work in the same apartment. After staying for three days she managed to escape and narrated the incident to NGO members and Nepal embassy officials.”
The victims were often taken to other cities, including Nainital and Agra for two nights and three days to be offered as prostitutes, police said.
“A security guard helped us and provided a mobile phone recently, after which we contacted the NGO members and stayed in touch with them. We informed them the daily routine and it was planned that they would raid the apartment on Monday,” one of the victims said.
"When we were hired, the employer took us to Saudi Arabia for 15 days and we were kept in a hotel. There he did not touch us or misbehave with us but after returning from there in May he asked us to massage him. He then raped us and forced us to have unnatural sex and oral sex. After that, he offered us to his foreigner friends regularly,” the victim said.
( With inputs from PTI & IANS)