Nepalese women rape case: Have sought India's help, says envoy
Nepal's envoy to India Deep Upadhyay said on Wednesday the embassy has sought help of the ministry of external affairs in investigating the case of two Nepalese women who were allegedly raped, sodomised and assaulted for months by a Saudi diplomat.india Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:59 IST
Nepal's envoy to India Deep Upadhyay said on Wednesday the embassy has sought help of the ministry of external affairs in investigating the case of two Nepalese women who were allegedly raped, sodomised and assaulted for months by a Saudi diplomat.
Police rescued the two women from an upscale Gurgaon apartment on Monday night after a letter from the Nepal embassy said the women were being held hostage.
"The Nepalese embassy is in touch with the MEA and local police authorities. The embassy understands that necessary investigation has been initiated," Upadhyay was quoted as saying by ANI.
"An investigation is on local police authorities are framing and establishing the case. Until police finalise the case, it would not be good to say anything more than that," he added.
No arrests were made, but Gurgaon Police wrote to the ministry of external affairs on Tuesday seeking permission for further investigation. An FIR was lodged but did not name the diplomat.
When asked about the case MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters, "We are seeking details from local police."
The case was registered against unnamed persons under sections 377 (unnatural offences), 376 (rape), 506 (threat to life), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement).
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 victims have said they were gangraped by six foreigners and others at the Gurgaon apartment. They were often offered to the guests visiting the diplomat's apartment, they 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.
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.
First Published: Sep 09, 2015 12:46 IST