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Updated: June 16, 2012 01:45 IST

French diplomat held on charge of raping his child

    Sudipto Mondal
    Deepa Kurup
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Pascal Mazurier (face covered) being taken in an autorickshaw after a medical test at the Bowring Hospital in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
Pascal Mazurier (face covered) being taken in an autorickshaw after a medical test at the Bowring Hospital in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Pascal Mazurier, a French diplomat, was held by the police here on Thursday evening on charges of raping his three-and-half-year-old daughter. A deputy head of chancery in the Consulate of France here, the 39-year-old diplomat was let off on Friday under circumstances that are yet to be officially explained by the police.

He was detained on the basis of a complaint filed on Thursday by his wife, Suja Jones Mazurier (37), a native of Kerala. Ms. Mazurier's complaint was accompanied by a medical report from the Collaborative Child Response Unit (CCRU) of the Baptist Hospital here. The report said she bore tell-tale marks of sexual abuse and traces of semen. Ms. Mazurier's complaint also alleged that this was not the first time the child had been abused by the father.

The police, however, refused to register an FIR against the diplomat and demanded “clinching evidence” that the act was committed by him, alleged Geetha Menon, lawyer representing the victim. Finally on Friday noon, the FIR was registered under Section 376 of the IPC at the High Grounds police station.

Subsequent tests conducted on the child at the State-run Bowring Hospital on Friday afternoon confirmed sexual abuse. Hospital sources said that samples collected from the child had been sent to the forensic lab. However, forensic experts at the hospital said that it might be difficult to link the rape to the father since too much time had elapsed.

Although Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravikanthe Gowda claimed that the diplomat was neither arrested nor detained against his wishes, The Hindu independently established through multiple sources that Mr. Mazurier was in fact picked up in a police jeep from his residence on Thursday evening and taken to the High Grounds police station.

Police sources said that they had no option but to let him off after a senior Consulate official submitted a letter seeking Mr. Mazurier's custody until forensic evidence proved the rape. The senior diplomat assured the police that he would not let Mr. Mazurier leave the country during investigation, the sources said.

The complaint, a copy of which was marked to the Ambassador of France in India, details the events leading up to the June 13 rape. Ms. Mazurier said she suspected that her husband had been abusing their daughter since April 2010, but did not pursue legal action for want of evidence.

Over the two years since then, she found several indicators which suggested that the child had been sexually abused, but when she brought it up with her husband he would brush it aside.

Based on these suspicions, Ms. Mazurier had taken her daughter for several sessions with a doctor working with a Bangalore NGO, Enfold India. On June 5, the doctor had reported to her that the child's reactions indicated that she was being physically and sexually abused.

On June 13, even as her child was being allegedly sexually abused, the mother was away from home, consulting doctors and activists. When she returned, she saw the child crying and the domestic help told her that her husband had been in their bedroom with their daughter for a considerable length of time, the complaint stated.

Ms. Mazurier alleged that she herself had been a “victim of severe domestic violence”.

The couple have three children, a seven-year-old boy, the alleged victim, and a 20-month-old toddler.

Mr. Mazurier, being an employee of the French consulate, senior officials from the consulate were seen at the High Grounds police station.

Interesting, that French media has zero reports on this.

from:  Emily
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 23:39 IST

The person responsible for the death of thousands of people in the Bhopal gas tragedy, Warren Anderson, was let off by no less than the Indian Supreme court. Nevertheless let us hope that law will catch up and the courts in India will stand up to foreign pressures.

from:  Jagan
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012 at 03:14 IST

It is difficult to even think about a man teasing a three and half year
child. He is not a human. He is a beast. He deserves death sentence.

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 23:49 IST

"forensic experts at the hospital said that it might be difficult to link the rape to the father since too much time had elapsed." is nonsense. Have they even heard of DNA fingerprinting?

from:  valmiki
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 14:56 IST

Children are considered to be in the safe hands if they are with their parents, because almost all the religeons except few have made incest a taboo, the very reason for this seems that an indvidual to be exposed to different kinds of knowledge and activities based on their overall growth of mind and body. If the custodian himself becomes the culprit,then what more can be said about it.
It is the same scene as the custodian of country like politicians themselves become corrupt, the custodian of religeons like pundits, imams and popes, if they themselves go astray, or the above case.
As of now, society needs a reformation to the old moral system inline with the use of advanced technology. It is highly commendable and strict measures to be taken by the government authorities. The root cause to be identified and a permanent solution to be derived by our great thinkers for saving the community from going into doomsday scenario before its happening.
Regards
Syed Munawar

from:  Syed Munawar
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 11:19 IST

How can he do that to his own little girl!!! He should be hanged to
death.It is because of these kind of people crime is still out there.

from:  Hasitha
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 09:14 IST

With a 3 and half year old daughter of your own? I mean how low can
humans go.

from:  Roperia
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 05:05 IST

Not sure if he can be arrested, he may be holding a diplomatic passport.
So the French Govt. need to work with Bangalore Police and punish him.
After all the Child too is a French citizen.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 02:58 IST

I am not trying to decriminalize an alleged criminal act. However if the alleged criminal is indeed a diplomat can the police " detain " him without the central government's declaring the diplomat a persona non grata ? With a tongue in cheek one can speculate whether an apparent inept action by the police is a ploy not to get an alleged criminal convicted eventually.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 01:03 IST

It is disgusting to read about such crimes. Please avoid giving too
much publicity to this type of crimes. Dosn't help in any positive
manner.

from:  G. Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 00:57 IST

No person should be above the law: diplomat, royalty, nor common man. This is
the worst crime that humans can commit. Raping their own innocent flesh and
blood.

I hope India does not drop the ball on this one! It is a chance for the country to
mark that human rights are more important than politics. Children are the future
of the country!! A foreign national raping an innocent child in India cannot NOT be
allowed. It is wrong on every level.

I hope this dear child will come out of this horrible experience, and heal and be a
happy child. And the other children and the mother can be safe and supported.

from:  Anna Isaksson
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 23:34 IST

Hand him over to the french authorities. Their rules are quite strict.
There is no point in spending time and money on this case which when we
have lakhs of other cases pending in our courts. Personally I feel this
is the most despicable act someone can ever do.

from:  Hamsa
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 22:07 IST

On a lesser alleged abuse, Norway reacted to the extent of removing the Indian
children from the custody of the parents. Let us await the reaction from the West for
this heinous crime and how proactive India will be in the protection of children.

from:  Jayashri Murali
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 21:49 IST

It is horrible to hear this type of news.Oh God! how would this type of thoughts come into their minds.By reading this news tears have been dropped from my eyes.There is no security for the female in this world...Father and mother are the lively Gods of the children.They have right to punish us if we have done any mistakes...But in turn ..If they do mistakes..sorry its not a mistake too ,its a result of a cruel mindedness .Moreover there is a Government to punish such type of humans. If this type of candidates are subjected to punish severely Then there would be a fear in every minds and do not repeat this again.My sympathies to the little baby and thanks to "THE HINDU" .

from:  preethi
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 20:42 IST

Truly this filthy pedophile deserves a PUBLIC HANGING. Unfortunately he will
probably get off scot free on citing diplomatic immunity !

from:  angela alvaresa
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 20:11 IST

An atrocious crime deserving the highest condemnation. But I want to ask
how is this different from the case of the Indian diplomat in London who
assaulted his wife and then claimed diplomatic immunity to do so and was subsequently whisked back to India without facing charges.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 19:52 IST

This man should be tried under Indian Law, just like Straus Kahn was
tried in the US under the US Law. Get this man to the court, then
Central Jail, then execute him or let him be sentenced to life in
prison. Any lax or liberal judgement means, paving the way to perpetuate
this crime.

from:  M.A. Khan
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 19:21 IST

WELL we know how indian government behaves,judging from past matter involving Foreigners,let alon a Diplomat,they will be freed after some collusion with the accused country.In this case the french supply of weaponary,as an excuse perhaps?Time will show its behaviour.

from:  APPAVOO S
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 18:15 IST

The person who does this kind of crime should be given sentence to death. There is no mercy at all. Our Indian Government should have bring this law. Then only this type of crime can be reduced. There is no other way out. The criminal should be handed over to the public for judgement.

from:  Tarun Makhal
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 16:29 IST
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