Jun 19, 2012 at 10:48am IST

Bangalore: French diplomat accused of raping minor daughter arrested

Bangalore: The French diplomat accused of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter was arrested on Tuesday morning. The arrest came after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that Pascal Mazurier did not enjoy any diplomatic immunity, and that the Bangalore police could arrest him.

The accused has now been taken for a medical check up and will be produced in court later in the day.

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The French Consulate on Monday issued a statement saying it will extend its full cooperation to the Bangalore Police in its probe.

"A complaint has been lodged regarding the rape of a minor girl who is a French National. The complaint names the father of the child, who is a Consular agent of this Consulate-General. An investigation is underway for which this Consulate General is extending its full cooperation with the police and the authorities in charge. It remains also in touch with the family of the child," the statement read.

Sources say that the French Consulate officials are now likely to come to Bangalore to assist in the probe.

Mazurier's Indian wife had accused him last week of raping their minor daughter, after which the Bangalore Police detained him for questioning. The police, however, refused to arrest him saying their hands were tied as the envoy enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

The issue escalated into a major row with activists protesting outside the French Consulate in Bangalore, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

Meanwhile, the victim's mother thanked the Indian government, saying she had received a lot of support from them.

"I was alone for a long time. But once I came out with it, I recieved a lot of support. What is the meaning of certain previlages because he was in the French Consulate and what is the meaning of diplomatic immunity? Why are you playing with words? And even if he has both, does it really matter? Can he get away with crimes like this?" she asked.

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