French official’s wife writes to MEA,fears he may flee India

Suja Jones Mazurier,37,who on Friday filed the rape complaint with the High Grounds police in Bangalore against her husband Pascal Mazurier,39,wrote the letter through her legal representative Asha Nayar Basu.

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published:June 17, 2012 12:26 am

The wife of a French official at the Consulate of France in Bangalore,who is accused of raping his three-year-old daughter,has expressed fears that he may leave the country without facing trial under the cover of diplomatic immunity. In a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Union Home Ministry,she sought clarity on the diplomatic status of the French man and trial in India for the alleged offence.

Suja Jones Mazurier,37,who on Friday filed the rape complaint with the High Grounds police in Bangalore against her husband Pascal Mazurier,39,wrote the letter through her legal representative Asha Nayar Basu.

“Since he does not enjoy diplomatic status the privileges are all negotiated. We have asked that he should not be allowed to leave the country and that he should face trial in India. The police have not arrested him citing his status. What happens if he slips out of the country tonight,’’ the advocate for the French official’s wife said.

Pascal Mazurier,who was detained by the police on Friday,was later allowed to leave and stay at the residence of the head of the chancery at the French consulate Caumontat Vincent,following an assurance by the latter that he would co-operate in the investigations.

The police have subjected the accused and his child to medical tests and have collected scientific samples and evidence for forensic analysis. The reports are expected in a few days. A medico-legal case of rape has already been established on the basis of a test conducted on the child at a private hospital at Mazurier’s insistence following an alleged incident on June 13 and this forms the basis of the complaint.

In her letter to the Union government,Mazurier has said under no circumstances her children — a 11-year-old boy,three-year-old girl (the victim) and a 20-month-old,all French nationals — should be taken away from her.

She has also sought financial support from the French government to fight her case since she had been dependent on her husband for her expenses until the filing of the case against him.

Mazurier,who is from Kerala,met the French official when they worked in Kolkata 12 years ago.

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