B’lore rape case: Pascal Mazurier suspects he is being framed
Out on bail after he was accused of raping his minor daughter, the French diplomat now has written to the police to reinvestigate the case, as he suspects the involvement of a third party
Out on bail, French Consulate official Pascal Mazurier, who was accused by his wife Suja Jones of raping their four-year-old daughter, now suspects of a third party involvement and has demanded that the Bangalore city police carried out a detailed investigation.
In his first letter, written on 27 October to the city policy commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji, Mazurier has sought police’s attention, as he suspects a third person to be involved. Mazurier suspects that his 37-year-old wife Suja Jones’ friend might be the real culprit.
Suja Jones had filed a complaint with the High Grounds Police on 14 June 2012 accusing her husband of raping her minor daughter. After a series of medical tests at Bowring Hospital, the High Grounds Police arrested Mazurier and sent him to jail. He got bail after spending nearly four months in the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.
Karnataka High Court granted Mazurier bail last month because the semen sample found on his minor daughter did not match his DNA. In his letters, the French diplomat says that he suspects another person, who had access to his daughter during his absence, as the real rapist. He alleges that his wife Suja Jones did not seem to be interested in asking the police to find out whose semen it was. He also cites statements of witnesses who gave him a clean chit as proof of his innocence.
In the second letter written on 5 November, Mazurier expresses concern over the safety of his children and says that being a father his duty is to ensure the safety of his children. He has also stated that his wife had falsely accused him and had made false statements to the police and the family court. Mazurier is being supported by an NGO — Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) — headed by Kumar Jagirdar.
Suja Jones’ counsel Pramila Nesargi has said that they would approach the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of Mazurier’s bail, and has added that they have no qualms if the police reinvestigate the case.
Imran Khan is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.