On 9 September, the Haryana police raided the luxury apartment of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Gurgaon, near New Delhi, after a tip-off from an NGO.

There, they found two Nepali women, employed as domestic workers, who told the police they had been forcibly confined, starved and repeatedly raped by the diplomat and other men over several months.

A medical examination confirmed that the women had been anally and vaginally raped and brutally beaten. The Haryana police filed a criminal case against unnamed people, and say they are still investigating the case.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi denies the allegations, and complained that the ‘intrusion’ into the diplomat’s home breached diplomatic conventions.

On September 16, the diplomat left India for Saudi Arabia. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that the diplomat was protected by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Diplomatic immunity must not lead to impunity. And anyone suspected of serious abuses should not be allowed to hide behind the shield of diplomatic status.

Demand that authorities in India investigate the allegations, charge those suspected, and if required, seek their extradition from Saudi Arabia for prosecution.

Demand that Saudi Arabian authorities co-operate with the investigation, and if required, revoke diplomatic status and extradite suspects to India for prosecution.