A diplomat at the Saudi Arabian embassy in India's capital New Delhi was booked Tuesday for alleged rape and wrongful confinement after two women accused him of holding them as sex slaves, according to local reports. The diplomat’s wife and daughter were also booked for torturing the women who worked as their domestic helps.
The women, who hailed from the neighboring country of Nepal, were allegedly kept as “hostages for more than a month” at the diplomat’s residence in Gurgaon, located in the outskirts of New Delhi. Their medical examination results showed they were raped, the Indian Express newspaper reported, citing police.
The police raided the diplomat’s house late Monday after receiving a letter from the Nepal embassy to look into the matter. The women, aged 30 and 32, alleged they were confined by the diplomat’s family for over three months, and were taken to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a short while, the Hindu newspaper reported. They reportedly said they were raped and forced to perform “unnatural sex” for the diplomat and other Saudi nationals, mostly at knifepoint.
No arrests were made in the case because diplomats are granted immunity from arrest in the countries where they are posted under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. “Despite the terrible nature of the crime, unless the Saudi Arabian government waives it, the immunity will protect them completely,” an Indian official told the Hindu.
However, Saudi embassy officials dismissed the allegations terming them "completely false" and "contrary to facts in our possession," according to Hindustan Times newspaper, adding that they were awaiting official communication from the Indian government about the matter.