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Rape case: Police arrests French consulate official

Bangalore: French Consulate official, Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, was arrested here today, police said. The arrest comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified to the city police that the accused did not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and action can be taken as per law.

High Grounds Police, under the jurisdiction of which the French Consulate office here is located took Muzurier into custody in connection with the complaint by his wife Suja Jones, a Keralite, police said. Police had registered a case of rape against Mazurier, Deputy Head of Chancery in the Consulate of France, Bangalore.

French government sources had said in Delhi that Indian law will take its course as the accused working in its Bangalore Consulate does not hold a diplomatic passport and enjoys no immunity. The Union Home Ministry had asked the Karnataka Police to approach the French Consul General in Bangalore to get access to Mazurier.

Suja Jones, an Indian citizen, has accused him of raping their daughter and has requested that he be restrained from leaving the country till legal proceedings were completed and that under no circumstance should he be allowed custody of their three children who are French nationals.

She had appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to intervene in the matter. Suja had reported the case to police with the help of a Bangalore-based NGO after her maid told her that her child was sexually abused by her father.

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