Assault allegations on wife : NZ diplomat to return

In what could be a repeat of diplomat Devyani Khobragade incident, India’s High commissioner in New Zealand, Ravi Thapar, is preparing to leave the country amid allegations that his wife assaulted a staff member.

According to the police, a staff member at the Indian diplomatic mission in Wellington alleged that he was assaulted by the High Commissioner’s wife. However, no formal complaint has been lodged against the diplomat’s wife Urmila Thapar.

Thapar denies

However, Ravi Thapar on Saturday said he was not leaving the country because of assault allegations against his wife but because he wanted to take care of his mother living in India. Mr Thapar’s wife has been accused of physically assaulting a domestic help at their residence. He has denied the allegations and said his wife was an “experienced diplomatic spouse” incapable of assaulting an “able-bodied man”.

“I’m going but to take care of my mum because my dad passed away last year. I cannot keep up 13,000 km away just talking to her on the phone,” The New Zealand Herald quoted him as saying. Referring to the alleged assault charges, he said: “You must understand that people who are not exposed, people who are not educated, people who are sometimes first-timers abroad, who have heard of these will use this opportunity sometimes to get sympathy from other agencies.”

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