Saudi diplomat & family accused of raping, torturing 2 Nepali 'slaves'

Indian Sikhs attend a protest outside the embassy of the Saudi Arabia in New Delhi. © Desmond Boylan
A Saudi Arabian diplomat in New Delhi has been accused of rape, and his wife and daughter are now facing charges for torturing the rape victims. The Saudi embassy in India has denied the allegations, dismissing them as "completely false."

It is alleged that the diplomat, whose name has not been disclosed, and his friends, raped two Nepali women, and his wife and daughter assisted in torturing them.

"After keeping the duo for some time in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, both were brought to Gurgaon. The victims were raped and gang raped by the diplomat and his friends and guests," Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar told the IANS independent news agency.

The Nepali women came to India after a woman in Nepal promised them well-paid jobs about half a year ago.

The women were reportedly rescued by security forces, with the help of the Nepalese embassy and the local NGO Maiti India, from an apartment on the fifth floor of the luxurious Ambience Island Caitriona residential area.

Another woman, who was reportedly hired as the diplomat’s domestic help, fled the apartment on her own.

The Saudi embassy vehemently denied all allegations, saying they were "completely false" and "contrary to facts in [their] possession." The country's authorities condemned Indian police for injuring the reputation of a diplomat and Saudi Arabia, saying that the charges were leveled by a third person.

The embassy said it would be monitoring the probe conducted by the Indian authorities. No arrests have yet been made.