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Rape and Diplomatic Immunity
The horrifying and inhuman rape of two Nepali maids at the hands of a Saudi diplomat and his friends has caused an uproar in the country. It is shocking that diplomats who are supposed to be well-educated, sophisticated and cultured individuals, can behave in this manner.
Some time back we heard of a French diplomat who was accused of raping his child born to his Indian wife. Such cases make one wonder if it is time to revisit notions of diplomatic immunity which is often invoked to allow such people to escape punishment for their crimes.

Why should a diplomat who behaves like a common criminal and sometimes even worse, be provided immunity in such cases? Saudi Arabia follows the sharia law. In the diplomats own country such vile and disgusting perverts would have been stoned to death.

India does not follow such barbaric customs even though in this particular case it seems that such punishment is richly deserved. At the very least the diplomat should be in prison by now rather than under the protection of his embassy.

It was not just the diplomat who raped the women, but the maids alleged that he often invited his friends over to rape and sodomize them as well. Presumably he had his wife and other family members staying with him. That they could watch these atrocities impassively says a lot about Saudi women and their role in their families and culture.

One feels pity for them. It is an extreme example of how patriarchy dehumanizes women and forces them to collude in the oppression of their own kind. In this modern world the very existence of countries like Saudi Arabia is an appalling anachronism.

The Delhi police should act swiftly to secure evidence like CCTV footage to nail the other accused in the crime before it is destroyed. The Saudi Arabian government should mete out stringent punishment to the diplomat and his family members for their cruel treatment of the two helpless women who came to India looking for work to feed their families.

The Indian government should show firm resolve in ensuring justice for the Nepali maids and thereby show that it cares for the rights of the weak and the oppressed rather than the interests of the powerful and the influential.

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