A 20-year-old woman and her mother, who were rescued from senior Saudi diplomat’s residence, said that they thought they are going to die.
The woman and her 44-year-old mother, who hail from Nepal, were sexually abused for months. The woman told Indian Express:
“Last four months were a curse for us. It was so ugly…we thought we were going to die in that house and our families would never even find our bodies.”
The women were hired as domestic help, they were allegedly held hostage at the house and sexually abused every day for the last four months by the diplomat and his ‘guests’.
In their police complaint, they said:
“Right after we were employed, our employer took us to Saudi Arabia for 15 days. There, he did not touch us or misbehave with us. After we returned in May, he asked us to massage him… he then raped us and forced us to have unnatural sex and oral sex. After that he offered us to his friends regularly.”
Narrating their ordeal, the older woman said:
“There were days when seven to eight men — all from Saudi Arabia — would assault us. If we resisted, the diplomat and his family would threaten to kill us and dispose of our bodies in the sewer. On some days, they would be given no food at all.”Advertisement
According to the older woman, the diplomat’s wife, who has also been booked under sections of IPC, made no attempt to help them; instead, she beat them up.
The woman said:
“We were made to do all the household chores, from morning till late in the night, and then subjected to sexual assault at the end of the day. We were not given food. Sometimes we only survived on biscuits, bread and watery tea. We were never allowed to step out of the house.”
They further alleged that the diplomat also took them to other places, including Nainital and Agra, where they were introduced to other ‘guests’ and subjected to further sexual assault.
The women were rescued on Monday with an help of an NGO, Maiti Nepal India, which was informed about their plight by another woman who had been employed as a domestic help at the diplomat’s residence but ran away within three days.
The NGO members enlisted the help of someone who had access to the women and managed to pass on a mobile phone to them. They informed the Nepal Embassy, which wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs and Gurgaon police.
Bal Krishna Pandey, convener of NGO Maiti Nepal India, said:
“They were in constant touch with us for the last five days. They would narrate their ordeal on the phone and we assured them that they will be rescued soon.”
The NGO has made arrangements to take the women back to their home — in Nepal’s Morang district — on Wednesday.
No arrest has been made so far. According to Saudi officials, the diplomat is a first secretary rank officer.
Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said that the residents of the flat (Saudi Diplomat and his guests) enjoy diplomatic immunity in India.
Meanwhile, the Nepal Embassy got in touch with the Indian external affairs ministry and police authorities to seek a detailed report on the case. They said that they were not sure whether the accused is a diplomat.