Bangalore, June 19: Bangalore Police arrested French diplomat Rascal Mazurier, 39, here on Tuesday on a charge of raping his three-years-and-nine-month-old daughter.
Mazurier, who is the deputy head of chancery in the French Consulate in the city, was taken to a hospital for a medical examination after which he would be produced in a court.
The police took the diplomat into custody after the French embassy in New Delhi confirmed that he does not have diplomatic immunity and can be prosecuted, as he holds a service passport and not a diplomatic passport.
Mazurier’s wife, Suja Jones, who is an Indian citizen, had reported the case to the police with the help of a Bangalore-based NGO. Later, a medical examination confirmed that the daughter was sexually assaulted.
Suja requested the authorities not to let her husband to leave the country till all legal proceedings were completed and he should not be given the custody of their children.
The couple has three children – a seven year-old son, the victim and a 20-month-old son.
According to a government commissioned survey approximately 53 percent of children in India are subjected to one or other forms of sexual abuse.
The survey was carried out across 13 states of the country where Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and New Delhi reported the highest incidents of physical and sexual abuse. (ANI)