GURGAON: They escaped the April earthquake in their country Nepal but found hell in the sprawling home of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Gurgaon near Delhi.
Two women rescued on Monday from the diplomat’s apartment have given the police a disturbing account of gang-rape, torture and slavery. No one has been named in the First Information Report (FIR), but sources say the diplomat is in focus because of the women’s statement, and the police are waiting for a signal from the foreign ministry before taking the next step.
“We have asked the police for a detailed report… The Saudi Embassy is in touch with us,” Foreign Ministry officials told NDTV.
The torture allegedly began in Jeddah, where the women were hired by the family as domestic helps, and continued in Gurgaon. Over three months, the women were allegedly raped and tortured by different men who visited the house.
“They raped us, kept us locked up, did not give us anything to eat,” one of the women told NDTV.
One of them, a 50-year-old from Morang in Nepal, had divorced recently. The other woman, 20, has two little children in Nepal’s Baglung, and a husband who has cancer.
They both took the job in desperation but were never paid.
They said they were afraid to tell anyone because they were beaten and threatened, sometimes with a knife.
The horror in that household was exposed when a newly hired help ran away after seeing the wretched condition of the women. She contacted a non-profit – Meitei India – which went to the police.
The rescue team saw two Saudi women beating up the Nepalese women. The Saudi women allegedly assaulted and abused the police.
Diplomatic immunity may complicate investigations into the case, say sources. In cases like this, when the police detail the charges against the diplomat, the foreign ministry can ask for immunity to be waived. If it isn’t, then the diplomat can be asked to leave the country.
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia has said the allegations were false and contrary to the information they have.