Court acquits suspended French consular official of rape

Isaac Cain
April 20, 2017

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 CCRU report, which was widely circulated in the media, said the child bore tell-tale marks of sexual abuse and there were traces of semen on her clothes. Suja, on the other hand, accused the Bengaluru police of colluding with Pascal and the French mission in suppressing evidence, something she has maintained all along the five-year trial. Following his acquittal, Pascal Mazurier said he was "very happy". I am a loving father.

Suja and Pascal were married in France in 2001 and have three kids, the girl child is the middle child.

The case against Pascal had been running since 2012. "He is innocent as even the DNA test was negative", said Special Court Judge BS Rekha, acquitting the French official of the offence. The case had shot to limelight since it involved a foreign diplomat creating a diplomatic standoff.

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An FIR was filed under Section 376 of the IPC at the High Grounds police station against Mazurier in June 2012, and Pascal who was the deputy head of chancery at the French Consulate in Bangalore at the time was arrested on June 15.

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. When asked what she would do if Mr. Mazurier tried to get custody of their children, she said she was going to "try" to protect her children.

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