Molestation: Bahrain envoy booked

Mumbai :  The Mumbai Police has booked a Bahrainian envoy for allegedly molesting the woman manager of his housing society. However, he has not been arrested since he enjoys diplomatic immunity, the police said on Wednesday.

Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja
Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja

On December 9, the 49-year-old victim, who is also a manager of the south Mumbai housing society, had alleged that a Bahrainian diplomat, identified as Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja, lost his cool when one of the elevators of the building was shut for repairs that day.

The victim in her complaint has alleged that Khaja 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, the police said quoting the complainant.

The victim has further alleged that Khaja had touched her and used abusive language during the commotion.

The Malabar Hill police officials conducted a preliminary inquiry after she approached them. Finally, a case was registered on Wednesday against the Consul General of Bahrain, Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khaja, for molesting and verbally abusing the complainant.

However, police said that the diplomat has not been arrested as he enjoys diplomatic immunity. Police sources revealed that Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) Krishna Prakash has sought Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh’s view before proceeding further against the envoy.

According to the police, Khaja allegedly tried to create ruckus again on December 20 in the building.

The victim, in her statement, 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,” said senior inspector Vinay Bagade of Malabar Hill police station.” He refused to divulge any further details.

According to the police, Al Khaja had similarly roughed up members of the society on another occasion in the past; he has also had a face-off with the staff at the Bahrain Consulate in Cuffe Parade.

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