French diplomat cornered; does not enjoy diplomatic immunity

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Bangalore, Jun 18: The news of the French diplomat sexually abusing his three and a half year old daughter stunned people and any tangible action is yet to be taken against the diplomat Pascal Mazurier amid rumours that he enjoys diplomatic immunity. Meanwhile, more than 30 child right activists have been detained after they were protesting outside the French consulate. The activists were demanding that the consulate should not shield Pascal. 

Latest news suggest that Mazurier does not have a diplomatic passport and thus does not have immunity, thereby can be prosecuted in India for the alleged crime committed. The diplomat's wife, Suja Jones Mazurier, who is an Indian citizen, had earlier written a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram and external affairs minister SM Krishna stressing that he face trial for the crime perpetrated on the couple's three and a half year old daughter.  

Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Nina Nayak has been quoted as saying, "Suja Jones Mazurier has sought monetary support to raise her children in case her husband Pascal Mazurier is arrested, imprisoned or deported." Mazurier had barred Suja from withdrawing funds from their joint account. [Read: B'lore: French diplomat accused of abusing 3 and a half yr old daughter]

Suja has also appealed that the diplomat not be allowed to leave India till the legal proceedings against him is complete. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Suneel Kumar said that the victim had undergone a medical examination and they were awaiting the report.

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