Indian police are investigating accusations that a Saudi Arabian embassy official repeatedly raped two Nepali maids at his home close to the capital, New Delhi, in a case that could reignite the debate over immunity granted to diplomats.
The two women, aged 30 and 50, told police they were raped, assaulted, starved and held hostage over several months after leaving Nepal to work for the official.
Police said a medical exam confirmed the women had been raped.
Repeated calls to the Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi were not answered.
Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk said he had written to India's foreign ministry and the Saudi Arabian embassy asking if the man has diplomatic immunity.
A spokesman for India's foreign ministry said it had requested a report from the police and would decide on what action to take after reviewing the information.