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Japan issues notice against Indian

An Indian embassy staffer in Tokyo has been asked to leave Japan for molesting a college student.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 10:12 IST

In yet another embarrassment to the Indian government, an Indian Embassy staffer in Tokyo has been asked to leave Japan following a complaint of molestation by a 19-year old Japanese college student.

The student had visited the Indian Embassy last year for a visa application and later lodged a complaint against the Indian staffer in his mid-30s of indecent harassment.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry told that a notification was issued saying the staffer was unacceptable member at the diplomatic mission.

The staffer has since left for India but the ministry has made the notification in protest over what the woman had to suffer.

The Metropolitan Police department started investigating the complaint filed earlier this year. According to it, the staffer attempted to put his hand under the woman's skirt and committed other indecent acts.

Article nine of the Vienna Convention of diplomatic relations allows a host country to declare a diplomatic staff member of a foreign mission persona non grata or any other member of the mission 'not acceptable' without specifying reasons and obliges the sending country to recall or terminate the duties of the staff member so named.

The notification was made on Wednesday to an Indian Embassy official who visited the foreign ministry.

When contacted in Delhi, an Indian External Affairs Ministry official declined to comment.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 10:12 IST