Victim’s sister-in-law arrested

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- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Sep 17, 2015-The Police on Tuesday night arrested Kalpana Pariyar from Pokhara for her involvement in trafficking two Nepali women to New Delhi who were recently rescued from an apartment of a senior diplomat of Saudi Arabia.

Pariyar is the sister-in-law of the trafficked 50-year-old woman who was living together in Kapan before being sold off. Pariyar’s brother Jit Bahadur Darji was also involved. The other trafficked woman is a 30-year-old from Belbari of Morang. Following the rescue, both the women are now kept at Maiti Nepal.

According to police investigation, Pariyar had sold the women for Rs 100,000 each.

Superintendent of Police Kiran Bajracharya, spokesperson of Central Investigation Bureau and principal investigator of the case, said Pariyar was arrested from her hiding in Pokhara. “After the case surfaced, Pariyar was on the run and was also constantly trying to influence the case asking the husband of the 50-year-old woman to convince his wife to withdraw the case,” said SP Bajracharya.

The CIB on Monday had registered the human trafficking case of the two Nepali workers and had been searching for those involved. According to the statements given by the duo, they travelled to New Delhi via bus and were kept in an apartment. They were then flown to Colombo. The women said that they also found many other Nepali women, in the Sri Lankan capital, who were trafficked and were waiting to be flown to various gulf destinations.

The women, after their stay for a month in a hotel in Saudi Arabia, returned to New Delhi only to be sexually and physically exploited.

SP Bajracharya said they were also held captive for over three months. The District Court Kathmandu on Wednesday remanded the arrestees to custody and further investigations have begun.

Indian authorities have been seeking cooperation of Saudi authorities for the investigation. Police are not allowed to immediately arrest diplomats as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations which states that they ‘enjoy immunity from arrest, criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits’ in the countries they are posted.

‘Accused Saudi diplomat leaves India’

NEW Delhi: The Saudi Arabian diplomat, who was charged with confinement and rape of two Nepalese women, tonight left the country.

“We have learnt that the first secretary Majed Hassan Ashoor who was allegedly accused of raping two Nepalese women has left India,” spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swaroop said. “The first secretary being a diplomat is governed by the provision of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations,” Swaroop added.

It is learnt that the MEA had put pressure on the Saudi Embassy to allow the questioning of the diplomat given the gravity of the allegations in the case involving confinement and rape of the two women. (PTI)

Published: 17-09-2015 07:56

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