Is diplomatic immunity a safe way to commit rape and sodomy? But then, regressive Saudi Arabia has a history of ill-treating women!

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The only difference is that this time around, the heinous crime happened on India soil. The two Nepali women victims may only be our neighbors, and not Indians, but can we stand up for them and show the perpetrators that fancy diplomatic titles do not allow foreigners to rape and sodomize women in our country?

A Saudi Arabian diplomat, whose name is being kept a secret, has been accused of raping two Nepali women employed as domestic help at his residence on the fifth floor of the luxurious Ambiance Island Caitriona residential area in Gurgaon. His friends, too, indulged in the crime.

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“The diplomat wanted massages. He would strip us and frequently sodomize us. We were violated by his guests, too, who would take us to different rooms and rape us…. We were sick with fear and hunger as we were made to work on empty stomachs for days. On days the family ate out, there was no food for us,” the older of the two, recalled.

The diplomat is believed to be the First Secretary of the Saudi embassy and is currently hiding under the protective shelter of the Saudi embassy, where no one has jurisdiction.

The rot ran deep in the family. The diplomat’s wife and daughter assisted in torturing the rape victims and they are facing charges, too. The Saudi embassy has naturally denied the allegations, even though the denial makes little sense. The embassy is not a participant to the crime scene. None of the officials lived with the diplomat; there was no way anyone could have known what was happening in the dark of the night at the diplomat’s residence.

It’s protocol to deny. In fact, the Saudis are now employing attack as the best form of defense!

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They condemned Indian police for injuring the reputation of a diplomat and Saudi Arabia. They further said that since the charges were leveled by a third person, they can’t be deemed credible…This is Saudi logic at its best!

Diplomats, according to the 1961 Vienna Convention that was ratified by India as well, enjoy immunity from criminal charges.  The Saudi diplomat, therefore, cannot be arrested or prosecuted. Indian authorities cannot enter his home, or raid his office. This was designed to remove the element of fear, so that they could function without any intimidation by the host country.

In this particular case, the diplomat can only be prosecuted if Saudi Arabia believes the diplomat did commit the crime, in which case, they would waive off, revoke the diplomatic immunity. But the Saudi Arabian stand has been absolutely clear from the first hour of the revelations itself.

Saudis have a fascination with maids

Forced labour, abuse, torture, rape, and murder of foreign “maids” is normal in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, and Bahrain. These young boys and girls are imported as servants, but are not paid. Rather, they become trapped into sexual slavery championed by oil-rich sheikhs.

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The saddest reality for the thousands of women living as maids in the Middle East is that such abusive employers receive no punishment at all. They have absolute impunity. There is widespread gang rape of slave boys by Arab masters, but there is no law to punish them. It is not even considered crime, for all practical purposes.

Some time ago, a Saudi employer, accused of Ramadan abuse on Indonesian maid, burned her with hot iron and lye, forced to eat feces, smashed her teeth and jammed broken teeth down her throat!

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On the other hand, a beaten, hospitalized maid, who dared to report torture at the hands of her Saudi employer, got 79 lashes for her complaints, along with a continued life of abuse, or even death.

There must be a way to punish the guilty diplomat, immunity or not.

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Whether it’s women issues, politics or the paranormal, Rubi has an opinion on everything. Art and entertainment interest her, too. Hindu College alumni, she has written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, she loves picking up her camera to capture life and its various shades.