The Saudi Arabia diplomat, identified as M.H. Ashoor, has left India as the gulf country refused to revoke his immunity. He was allegedly accused of raping two women from Nepal at his Gurgaon flat.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, said:
“The first secretary, being a diplomat, is governed by the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Ashoor has left India.”
As reported by Indian Express, Ashoor, in his 50s, was the deputy head of the visa section. He was a key diplomat who held the additional charge at the Saudi Ambassador’s office. He used to live in Gurgaon with his wife and three children.
After the rape controversy, it is believed he shifted to the Embassy premises with colleagues.
Though India considered expelling the diplomat if the Embassy did not let him be questioned by Gurgaon police, the Gulf country had refused to accept the charges against Ashoor, calling them false.
His withdrawal remained the easiest way to resolve the impasse.
On the other side, the Nepal government was waiting for New Delhi to take the lead.
Nepal’s ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay said:
“Gurgaon police has done a very wonderful job and the MEA is also cooperating. And we have very friendly relations with Saudi government also. Nepal and Saudi Arabia have good relations — that’s why we are hopeful that it would be amicably settled and the victims will get justice. It’s a sensitive issue that’s (why) we are waiting and it may take some time. We are in contact with the Ministry of External Affairs.”
Meanwhile, HT reported that the daughter-in-law of the older victim has been arrested in Nepal on suspicion of trafficking the two women to Delhi.
“The woman and her brother are responsible for trafficking both victims and selling them to their contacts in Delhi for Rs.1 lakh each,” said Kiran Bajracharya, spokesperson for the Central Investigation Bureau wing of the Nepal police.
The police added that accused and her brother had lured many Nepalese women, including the two victims, with promises of jobs abroad and handed them over to an agent, Anwar, in Delhi.
A case of human trafficking has been registered against both.
The victims, who alleged that they were gangraped and kept captive at the diplomat’s Gurgaon residence, had flown back home last week.