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Nepali Women Rescued from Saudi Diplomat : Case Details

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A woman and her 44 year old mother were rescued from the residence of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Gurgaon. Initially given a job as a domestic help, the two women have undergone a four month long ordeal of abuse. They were allegedly held hostage and were sexually abused for a long four months.

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“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,” said the younger woman. She reports that the diplomat and his “guests” sexually abused them.

“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,” said the older woman. She elaborated that once when she had dared to raise her voice, she had been cut across the arm with a knife.

There was no help or sympathy from the diplomat’s wife either. The women even accused her of thrashing them. “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.”

In the police complaint filed by the two women, they state that, “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.” These sexual exploits also included trips to Nainital and Agra, where they were introduced to other “guests”.

They have been rescued by an NGO called Maiti Nepal India, which had been tipped off by another woman who had also been held at the same diplomat’s residence but had managed to escape. The NGO, with the assistance of people accessible to these women, managed to give them mobile phones. “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,” said Bal Krishna Pandey, convener of NGO Maiti Nepal India.

The NGO informed the Nepal Embassy which, in turn communicated with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Gurgaon Police Station. The two women were rescued after a raid done at the diplomat’s residence.