SAUDI ARABIA EMBASSY RUBBISHES RAPE CHARGES AGAINST ITS DIPLOMAT, POLICE FILE FIR|

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Saudi Arabia embassy rubbishes rape charges against its diplomat, police file FIR

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KEY WORDS: Saudi Arabia, diplomat, Vienna Convention, Nepalese women, rape, Gurgaon, domestic help, human trafficking, Nepal, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Nepal Ambassador, India

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia releases a statement defending its diplomat who was booked for allegedly raping two Nepalese maids at his residence.

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GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

1. A BOARD READING ‘POLICE STATION’

2. EXTERIOR OF POLICE STATION

3. CLOSE OF THE BOARD READING ‘POLICE STATION’

GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

4. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (ACP), CRIME, RAJESH KUMAR, SAYING:”We need to understand that registering FIR does not mean that the offence has been proven. So, taking in account the right to privacy of both the parties, it is very important that the meaning of FIR be understood. FIR is just beginning the process of investigation.”

NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

5. TWO NEPALESE WOMEN WHO WERE ALLEGEDLY RAPED STANDING OUTSIDE NEPAL EMBASSY WITH THEIR FACES COVERED

6. CLOSE OF A VICTIM STANDING WITH HER FACE COVERED

GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (ACP), CRIME, RAJESH KUMAR, SAYING:”We are in touch with MEA (Ministry of External Affairs). They sought some further details from us which we are sending them. The (Saudi Arabia) embassy officials are also in touch with the MEA officials and the communication and investigations are going on.”

NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

8. ANOTHER VICTIM OF ALLEGED RAPE STANDING WITH HER FACE COVERED

9. CLOSE OF HANDS OF ONE VICTIM

GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (ACP), CRIME, RAJESH KUMAR, SAYING:”There is no dissatisfaction by the victims on the first report. However, as a matter of abundant caution we decided to have a re-medical examination done by a board of doctors.”

GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 09, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

11. EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING FROM WHERE THE TWO WOMEN WERE RESCUED

12. CLOSE OF BOARD READING ‘AMBIENCE ISLAND’

13. VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING

STORY: The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia released a statement on Wednesday (September 09) defending its diplomat who was booked for allegedly raping two Nepalese maids at his residence.

The Nepalese women, who were rescued from residence of the diplomat in India’s northern Gurgaon city, had claimed that they were raped, assaulted, starved and held hostage over several months after leaving Nepal to work for the official.

The victims told the Times Now television channel they left Nepal to work at the embassy official’s house in Saudi Arabia and they were never abused there. The violence only started when they arrived in India several months ago, they said.

“They would beat us every night and often there were more than one man who would torture and rape us,” one of the women said. “We have marks all over our body.”

Saying all charges are false and baseless, the Saudi Arabia embassy also protested against the Gurgaon police for ‘intruding’ into a diplomat’s house.

“The Embassy strongly stresses that these allegations are false and have not been proven,” the statement read.

“The Embassy has also brought to the notice of the concerned officials in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs the unwarranted media briefing before investigations are complete, and has protested the police intrusion into a diplomat’s house against all diplomatic conventions,” it added.

The embassy however said it would wait for clarification from the Ministry of External Affairs (foreign ministry) and for the outcome of the investigations into the allegations.

Gurgaon police, meanwhile, registered a FIR against the diplomat but said it does not prove criminality.

“We need to understand that registering FIR does not mean that the offence has been proven. So, taking in account the right to privacy of both the parties, it is very important that the meaning of FIR be understood. FIR is just beginning the process of investigation,” said Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), Gurgaon, at a news conference.

Police cannot immediately arrest diplomats because under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations they enjoy immunity from arrest, criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits in the countries where they are posted.

However, governments may press a foreign government to waive immunity in cases where serious crimes are committed.

Kumar said they are in constant touch with the foreign ministry regarding the case.

“We are in touch with MEA (Ministry of External Affairs). They sought some further details from us which we are sending them. The (Saudi Arabia) embassy officials are also in touch with the MEA officials and the communication and investigations are going on,” said Kumar.

He also said everything was captured in security cameras and that “some things which should not have happened did happen”.

Although the initial medical exam confirmed the women had been raped another medical examination of the two victims was also done.

“There is no dissatisfaction by the victims on the first report. However, as a matter of abundant caution we decided to have a re-medical examination done by a board of doctors,” Kumar added.

Nepal Ambassador to India, Deep Upadhayay, had said earlier that the embassy is in touch with the foreign ministry and the local police authorities over the matter.

Police said the women were rescued on Monday after police were tipped off by a non-governmental organisation and officials at the Nepali embassy.

Thousands of women from Nepal, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, go to India and the Middle East to work as maids.

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