The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Delhi has come under fire from Indian officials and activist groups after he was accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two Nepalese women who worked as maids in his apartment. The women, aged 30 and 50, claim that they were held against their will by Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati at his apartment in Gurgaon, where they were allegedly denied food and water and were beaten and raped by up to seven men at a time over several weeks. A case of “rape, sodomy and illegal confinement” has been filed and Indian police have communicated that they need to meet with the diplomat, who has since returned to Saudi Arabia, to assess the accusations, although he has diplomatic immunity. The Saudi Arabian embassy has denied the claims, calling them “completely baseless.” Demonstrators gathered in front of the Saudi embassy on Thursday in protest, calling for Alsati’s prosecution. The two women first travelled from Nepal to Saudi Arabia by way of human traffickers and then were brought to India by the diplomat.
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