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FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
SEEMA MUSTAFA | NEW DELHI | 13 SEPTEMBER, 2015

HOW CAN A DIPLOMAT FROM SAUDI ARABIA RAPE? HOW INDEED!

The embassy of Saudi Arabia in New Delhi is contesting the claims of the two traumatised Nepalese domestic help of being confined, raped, assaulted, sodomised by a senior diplomat of the mission along with his ‘friends’ who probably were colleagues from work too. No how could a diplomat from a country that is the citadel of religion be even remotely guilty of such a crime, seems to be the missions attitude reflected in its categorical denial of the girls allegations.

How indeed?

After all in Saudi Arabia sex outside marriage is strictly prohibited. And punishable, Besides women are not allowed to step out of their homes without the burqa where even their eyes are not visible. Why, in Riyadh they even have a shopping mall where single men are not allowed. This logic only the Royal Family of Saud can explain, but yes the government does all it can to ensure that their men do not mix with the women who are curtailed by law from being too independent, a synonym for being enticing, alluring, even sexy!

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