French citizen Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping his daughter in Bangalore, does not hold a diplomatic passport and the French Embassy has confirmed the information available with the External Affairs Ministry, said official sources
The Home Ministry has asked the Karnataka police to get in touch with the French Consul-General in Bangalore to get access to Mr. Mazurier.
Mr. Mazurier is inside the French Consulate-General in Bangalore and has not come out ever since the incident was reported to the police.
“It is a diplomatic issue and the diplomatic mission is a French property. So police cannot enter it, and hence no action has been taken against him,” a senior official of the Home Ministry said.
The police have registered a case against Mr. Mazurier, who is the Deputy Head of Chancery in the consulate. The child's mother, Suja Jones Mazurier, an Indian, had filed a police complaint with the help of a Bangalore-based NGO after her maid told her that her three-and-half-year-old daughter was allegedly sexually abused. She had demanded that the diplomat be tried in India.
She had written to Home Minister P. Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna seeking trial of Mr. Mazurie.