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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Gurgaon: A Saudi diplomat and his family at the Saudi Arabia embassy in New Delhi have been booked for rape and torture of their domestic helps, said Haryana Police on Tuesday.

tenant-rapes-two-minor-sisters-arrested_051114040400The Saudi embassy stated that the charges were “completely false” and went “contrary to facts in our possession”. As per diplomatic norms, they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter.

A Saudi embassy official also frowned upon the way the police was damaging a person’s reputation and that of a country, on the basis of mere charges made by a third person. It violated the rights of the diplomat and his family, he said.

The diplomat, who has not been named, and his unknown friends and guests have been booked for raping and even gang-raping two Nepali women while his wife and daughter have been booked for torturing the victims.

Two Nepali women were “rescued” on Monday evening from an apartment flat on the fifth floor of the Ambience Island Caitriona complex here, after the intervention of the Nepalese embassy with the help of an NGO, Maiti India, police said.

Balkrishan Pandey of Maiti India stated that another woman who was kept at the diplomat’s apartment as a domestic help managed to escape.

The Nepali women were lured in on the pretext of all comforts and a high salaried job in Saudi Arabia by a woman in Nepal, six months ago.

“After keeping the duo for some time in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, both were brought to Gurgaon. The victims were raped and gang raped by the diplomat, his friends and guests,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar.

A senior Saudi embassy official, who cannot be named, however, remarked that the embassy had very different information on the alleged incident and did not accept that the senior diplomat involved was guilty of the said crimes.

The official added that the embassy was in touch with the Indian ministry of external affairs and would wait for the results of the investigations to be complete.

He said that the embassy disapproved of the way the police were giving information to media on the basis of charges that were yet to be substantiated.

The police officer said that a case against the diplomat and “unknown people” has been registered at the DLF-2 police station under sections 376D, 376, and 377 for gang-rape, rape, and unnatural sex, and some other sections of Indian Penal Code including 342, 323 and 120B.

There have been no arrests so far.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Don’t Play Politics With Rape Incidents

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Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Bollywood actresses showing their anger against the Kathua Rape Case victim

– Salil Gewali, Shillong

Most of the political moves in the world are guided by self-interest. Here the human prudence is just trampled over and thus many hearts are hurt.  This fact is true to the letter in the Indian political sphere. Yes, our leaders easily trade their souls to meet their ends.  National interests are just bet — even with the enemy fold. Media and celebrities are often used for the job.  What more, even education is politicized, radically distorted to fit in with the “mission”.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways. The moment a rape occurs, the political leaders take sides accordingly, so also the media. The Kathua rape had become a case of crises for the ruling party. It was a low point between the opposition parties and the government. The opposition leaders hurled the criticism against the BJP.  But it’s becoming much clearer now that the case was specifically “used” as a tool to sever the bond between the Hindu and the Muslim for the political gain. All available methods were tactfully employed then to defame the government, nay even the nation. What harm it has done is beyond the mental calculation.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Media is not highlighting the rape cases properly. Pixabay

Please look at the following cases which did not prompt such drama, though much more serious then the Kathus’s case. Very recently a gruesome rape was committed in Nadia district, West Bengal by a TMC activist Sheikh Bappa where a six-month pregnant relative of a BJP candidate was the victim. But no such uproar heard. In another appalling case, a Maulavi sexually abused “six children” at a Madrassa in Telangana.  But can you believe, this case totally failed to evoke the sympathy of so-called great people, nor did the media carry the news? All columnists went into hibernation. But why? Again, in Jharkhand, one dairy owner Ashif Iqbal raped his employee, tried to convert her to Islam by forcefully making her eat beef. He also threatened to kill her girl child. It never became an issue. Have you heard that another Kathua-like case happened in Khajuraho at Rajnagar about two weeks back? But no media thought it is worth the tears of the country’s citizens as an Asifa’s case.  This sadistic crime on a 3-year-old girl was committed by 19-year-old Tauhid Khan. Police have filed a case against Tauhid Khan.  Why are this time Bollywood stars not beating the breast and condemning the crime? Why are there “different prisms” to look at the same kind of crimes? Is this not a very dangerous trend? Please book the criminals who are raping the society.

 

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