After the Gurgaon police rescued the Nepali mother and daughter who were allegedly abducted and repeatedly raped by a Saudi diplomat, their sordid tale of torture, pain and captivity has become an eye-opener to the extent of human depravity.
The devastating earthquakes in Nepal changed the lives of many people there. With their homes destroyed, facing a lack of food and fighting for basic survival, sheer existence became a herculean task for them. As with many others in the quake-hit region, this duo too fell prey to human traffickers who lured them by promising jobs in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world.
According to Mail Today , a placement agency promised them jobs in Saudi Arabia. The duo landed a job with a Saudi diplomat in Delhi. Speaking to the Indian Express , one of the victims says, "After we got the job, our employer took us to Saudi Arabia for 15 days." They had hoped for a better future, but they couldn't have dreamt of what was in store for them.
According to the Mail Today report, a few days after living in Jeddah, their horror story began. They were sexually exploited and treated as sex slaves for about two and a half months.
The ordeal continued in India
Soon, they were flown back to India and kept in a flat in an upscale locality of Gurgaon, Haryana.
There, they were held hostage at the residence of a Saudi diplomat and were allegedly continuously raped by him and as well his guests. The victims were held as sex slaves for four months and during this period they had to go through a variety of physical and mental torture, the scale of which is beyond anyone's imagination. "The last four months were a curse for us. It was so ugly that we thought we were going to die in that house and our families would never even find our bodies," one of the victims told the Indian Express .
She added, "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."
The duo said that on some days, they would be given no food at all. However, they were allowed to take a bath just before they had to meet the diplomat's 'guests', who would rape and sodomise them, reported the Indian Express .
The victims 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. At times they survived on only biscuits, bread and watery tea.
They were never allowed to step out of the house and also claimed that the diplomat took them to other places, including Nainital and Agra, where they were subjected to further sexual assault by other 'guests'.
How did the police step in?
The mother and daughter were rescued after the intervention of the Nepalese embassy, and with the help of an NGO, Maiti Nepal India.
A woman who had been employed as a maid by the Saudi diplomat intimated the NGO about the victims. She quit the job in just three day after she suspected that something was amiss and alerted the NGO.
Following her complaint, the NGO approached the Nepalese embassy, which alerted the Gurgaon Police.
The police raided the flat and rescued the victims. They have registered a case against the diplomat and unknown people under sections of gang-rape (376 D), rape (376), unnatural sex (377) and some other sections of the Indian Penal Code including 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
So far no arrests have been made and the Saudi diplomat is untraceable.
Saudi embassy dismisses charges as 'completely false'
Vikas Swarup, spokersperson, MEA said that the Indian government was awaiting more details from the local police. Nepal ambassador Deep Upadhay said that as of now, they understand that necessary investigation has been initiated and are waiting for the probe to end to take a call on the issue.
However, according to the Indian Express , the Saudi embassy has dismissed the charges as "completely false" and "contrary to facts in their possession". They added that they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter as per diplomatic norms.