Family disowns Nepal woman ‘raped’ by diplomat
TimesOfIndia 2015-09-14 03:58
GURGAON: "Now, all I want is to go home to Nepal," she had told TOI last week after being rescued from the Gurgaon apartment of a Saudi Arabian diplomat, who she accused of torturing and raping her. But that home doesn't want her anymore.

The 50-year-old rape survivor—one of the two women rescued by Gurgaon Police—has been told she is not welcome at her Nepal home as her daughter fears it will tarnish her family's reputation, a member of Nepal-based NGO Maiti told TOI on Sunday.

The woman's daughter is married and lives near Kathmandu. She is the only one the 50-year-old has who she can call family. "The daughter has strictly told her not to make any contact with her," said Maiti-India's Indira Pandey, who is accompanying the rescued women in Kathmandu. "The daughter fears her husband will abandon her. The 50-year-old woman is divorced and doesn't have anyone in her immediate family except her daughter. This has come as a rude shock to her. She is inconsolable," she added.

On September 9, two days after they were rescued, the woman had narrated the ordeal of the two Nepalese maids to a TOI correspondent on the way back to Gurgaon from the Nepal embassy in Delhi. "We were sick with fear and hunger as we were made to work empty stomached for days... If we resisted the sexual attacks, or spoke of quitting, we would be threatened. Brutal beatings were usual... Now, I just want to go back to Nepal," she had said.

The other rescued woman, who is 30 years old, has also received a cold reception at home. "Her husband came to meet her on Saturday, but her in-laws are upset with her since she decided to leave Nepal for a job in Delhi," Pandey said. "Her husband is the only person who has come to see her. For now, it seems difficult for both women to be whole-heartedly accepted by their families," Pandey added.

The 30-year-old, the Maiti member said, is anxious to go home and meet her children.

The two women have alleged they were raped, tortured and starved in the flat at Ambience Caitriona where the Saudi diplomat lived. After being rescued by police, they were flown to Nepal, where they are in the custody of the Central Investigation Bureau. The Nepalese are investigating Kalpana, the agent who allegedly brought the women to Delhi.

In Gurgaon, police sources said both women would be called to the city if an approval to go ahead with the probe comes from the ministry of external affairs.

via:timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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