MEA seeks report on rape charges against Saudi diplomat

New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) The external affairs ministry has sought a detailed report on the alleged incident involving a diplomat at the Saudi Arabia embassy in New Delhi who has been booked for rape.

A Saudi diplomat, reported to be of First Secretary rank, has been booked for rape while his wife and daughter have been booked for torturing domestic helps in Gurgaon, Haryana Police have said. The diplomat was not named.

The ministry will get into the picture in case the police file charges and need to interrogate the person, said official sources.

The Saudi embassy has dismissed the charges against the diplomat as “completely false” and “contrary to facts in our possession”, and said they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter as per diplomatic norms.

The diplomat and some of his friends and guests have been booked for raping, gang-raping two Nepali women while his wife and daughter have been booked for torturing the victims.

The Gurgaon police had registered cases against the diplomat and “unknown people” said to be the diplomat’s friends on Tuesday 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 (conspiracy)..

No arrests have been made so far.

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