Gurgaon: The revelation of alleged gang-rape and torture of two Nepalese women working as helps in the house of a Saudi Arabian diplomat has taken a twist with the envoy coming under police radar for investigation.
The Saudi Arabian embassy, however, called the allegations false and unproven, and lodged a protest with India on the “police intrusion into a diplomat’s house against all diplomatic conventions.”
On the other hand, one of the women told a news channel that “They were treated like animals.”
On Monday, 40 policemen arrived at the fifth floor flat of the diplomat to find the women being beaten by two Saudi women, who allegedly spat on the police and assaulted them.
In an FIR or police complaint that does not mention the diplomat’s name but only “Saudi Arab Ke Admi (people from Saudi Arabia)”, the women have given the police a disturbing account of gang-rape, torture and slavery.
“We have established the identity and have enough proof against the flat owner, but diplomatic immunity is involved and we will get back to the foreign ministry,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, the Gurgaon police chief.
The two women had been working with the family as domestic helps for four months. The torture allegedly began in Jeddah and continued in Gurgaon.
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 said.
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.
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.