Saudi Diplomat's Guests Watched Porn And Played Out 'Acts' Featured In It On Nepalese Sex Slaves: Report

11/09/2015 9:40 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 9: The two Nepalese women who were allegedly harassed by Saudi diplomat in Gurgaon, at Nepal embassy on September 9, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Two Nepalese maids have accused a Saudi diplomat of rape and torture while they were working in his home at Gurgaon on the outskirts of the national capital after which local police filed an FIR in the matter. The Nepal ambassador said that the Nepal embassy is in touch with the MEA and local police authorities sought detailed report on the incident. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Nepalese women held as sex slaves in the house of a Saudi diplomat in Gurgaon had been so "grievously tortured" that it would take years for them to heal, a senior official at the Gurgaon civil hospital told The Indian Express.

Medical examination showed that the women had gone through every possible form of sexual abuse, the IE report said. Talking to TV reporters on Thursday, the younger woman showed a knife injury on her hand. The report claimed that guests of the Saudi diplomat watched porn and performed the acts featured in it on the two women, penetrating them with sex toys and other objects.

The two women left for Nepal yesterday, police said.

The IE report stated that physical medical examination has confirmed forced sexual penetration. "There are genital injuries including bruises and abrasions, and both women complained of symptoms of severe urinary infection so their urine samples have been taken. Both of them gave a history of genital bleeding but no fresh bleeding was observed," it quoted an official as saying.

"The women are not required to be physically present as far as the investigation is concerned. They went through medical examination twice and their statements have also been recorded in front of a judicial magistrate," PTI quoted a senior officer of Gurgaon Police as saying.

Meanwhile, Rajendra Man Shrestha, Police Counsellor for Nepal Embassy, went to the Gurgaon Police Commissioner's office over the ongoing investigation into the case.

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"The meeting between Shrestha and officials lasted for around 20 minutes, in which they shared basic details about the progress of the case and Shrestha also expressed his gratitude to Gurgaon Police for their efforts in the investigation," the officer added.

India's foreign ministry has also summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over the allegations of torture and abuse that has sparked a diplomatic row ahead of a planned state visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Saudi Arabia is pressing India to drop the case, while Nepal wants justice for its two citizens who say they were kidnapped, gang-raped and starved over several months at the diplomat's home.

India's foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Ambassador Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saty to relay a request from police for cooperation while they investigate the case, spokesman Vikas Swarup said. The Saudi embassy said the allegations were false and the police broke international conventions by raiding a diplomatic property. The embassy did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

Modi is scheduled to make a rare visit by an Indian leader to Saudi Arabia later this year, part of a strategy of winning investment from cash-rich oil states and to expand cooperation in the energy sector.

At the same time, Modi has made improving relations with neighbouring Nepal one of his top priorities, as concerns grow over China's influence in the Himalayan nation.

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"India needs to carefully balance supporting the ongoing investigation to satisfy Nepal and the Indian public, while not alienating Saudi too much - it is not easy," said S. Chandrasekharan, director of the South Asia Analysis Group.

Modi's visit to Nepal in August 2014, soon after coming to power, ranks as one of his early diplomatic successes. It is the only country he has visited twice.

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

Police cannot immediately arrest diplomats because the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations gives them immunity from arrest, criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits in the countries where they are posted. Police said in a statement on Thursday they had sent the details of their investigation to the foreign ministry and had sought its advice on how to proceed.

"We are awaiting further instructions from the MEA, who now have to guide and assist us to carry out this investigation," Commissioner of Police in Gurgaon Navdeep Singh Virk said.

Earlier, about 50 protesters gathered outside the Saudi embassy shouting slogans demanding justice for the women and carrying placards reading "No immunity for rapists." (With PTI inputs)

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