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Saudi diplomat case: Rape victims were severely tortured, say doctors

Findings of two boards same, says Gurgaon medical chief; India asks Saudi Arabia to join probe.

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Nepal embassy officials outside the Gurgaon police commissioner’s office on Thursday. (Express Photo)

As India asked Saudi Arabia Thursday to cooperate with the investigation against its diplomat accused of torture and rape by two Nepalese women working at his house in Gurgaon, reports from two medical boards prima facie corroborated the physical assault on the women.

A senior official at the Gurgaon civil hospital told The Indian Express that the medical examination showed that “the women have been so grievously tortured that it will take years to recover”. The women, the official said, had gone through every possible form of sexual abuse.

Sources said the younger woman had a knife injury on her left wrist, and the elder woman had bruises on her scalp. Vaginal abrasions, sources said, were more in the younger woman.

Principal Medical Officer Kanta Goel confirmed that both medical reports had the “same findings” and had been submitted to police.

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The victims — aged 44 years and 20 years — were examined twice in Gurgaon, first by a gynaecologist and then a four-member medical board. The reports confirmed sexual assault including rape, sodomy and forced penetration.

Guests of the diplomat would watch porn and play out “acts” featured in it including penetrating the women with objects and “sex toys”, police said.

Sources said swabs were taken from vaginal, anal and oral cavities to test for semen samples.

“The physical medical examination confirms every indication of forced sexual penetration from the vaginal and anal routes. There are genital injuries including bruises and abrasions, and both women complained of symptoms of severe urinary infection so their urine samples have been taken. Both of them gave a history of genital bleeding but no fresh bleeding was observed,” a source said. The reports of these swabs are expected in three weeks, the source said.

Senior officials at the civil hospital said the 20-year-old Nepalese woman was suffering from “pelvic and anal infections”.

“During the examination, the victim said that a woman in the diplomat’s house was informed about these infections. The victims also said that they were given some medicine to cure the infections and were asked to drink lots of water to get rid of the infection,” an official said.

The official said bruises were visible on the breasts of one of the women. According to another official, when the women were brought to the hospital for the first medical examination, they were “smelling, wearing tatters, and had no footwear”. The clothes the women were wearing, hair, and finger nail samples have also been preserved for forensic tests.

After the first examination by a gynaecologist who was on duty, the Gurgaon police had requested the civil hospital to set up a medical board to conduct a “a detailed evaluation”.

Sources said that the re-examination was conducted by a board of five doctors — three gynaecologists, a family planning expert and a general surgeon.