Indian court acquits French official of raping daughter

Pascal Mazurier was arrested in June 2012 after his Indian-origin wife accused him of raping their daughter, and was tried in a court in the southern city of Bangalore.

The court, while pronouncing the judgment, cited lack of evidence to prove Mr. Mazurier guilty.

Five years after Pascal Mazurier (44), a French diplomat, was accused of raping his then three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, a sessions court in Bengaluru has acquitted him. It's nearly a five year long battle, so I'm happy.

The arrest came four days after the complaint was filed by Suja Jones Mazurier (42), a native of Kerala.

Police filed an additional charge sheet against Mazurier in January 2013, with a detailed report of doctors who said the accused sodomised and raped his daughter for two years. I am looking forward to seeing my children back in France.

She had also submitted a medical report from the Collaborative Child Response Unit of the Baptist Hospital, confirming the child was raped. The family had moved to Bengaluru in 2008.

She had in the past written to the Ambassador of France in India, alleging that she suspected her husband had been abusing their daughter since 2010. Jones approached the police after taking help of an NGO.

Mazurier's wife returned home to find their daughter crying. She filed a complaint accusing her husband of rape.

The Vienna convention, in which Indian and France are signatories, states that a diplomat can not be arrested or detained. Mazurier, however, was arrested by the high grounds police on June 19, 2012, following a complaint by his wife.

In October that year, the Karnataka High Court granted bail to Mazurier, saying no prima facie case had been made out against him.

  • Leroy Wright