Bahrain envoy accused of molestation, spared thanks to diplomatic immunity

Mumbai: A Bahrainian envoy has been booked here for allegedly molesting the woman manager of his housing society but not arrested due to the diplomatic immunity he enjoys, police said today.

A case has been registered against Consul General of Bahrain, Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja, for allegedly molesting and verbally abusing on 9 December the manager of a south Mumbai building, police said.

The incident came amid the row over Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's arrest in the US on visa fraud charges.

In her complaint, the 49-year-old housing society manager alleged that Khaja had lost his cool after one of the elevators of the building was shut for repairs on 9 December.

 Bahrain envoy accused of molestation, spared thanks to diplomatic immunity

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He was slamming the doors of the elevator when she saw him and requested him to maintain his cool as the elevator was under repair. However, Khaja did not stop and even ransacked her office in a fit of rage, police said quoting the complainant.

The victim also alleged that Khaja had touched her and used abusive language during the commotion, police said.

She approached the Malabar Hill police which conducted a preliminary inquiry and registered a complaint.

However, police did not rush to put Khaja behind bars as he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Police said Khaja allegedly tried to create ruckus again on 20 December in the building.

The woman said she has been working in the society for the last 10 years. The Bahranian diplomat has been living there for the last five years.

Khaja has been booked under sections 354 (molestation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code, Malabar Hill police station senior inspector Vinay Bagade said, declining to
divulge further details.

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2013 08:17:37 IST