Devyani Khobragade, Indian Diplomatic and Undiplomatic Ties



Devyani Khobragade, Indian diplomat deputed in United States,holding post of Indian deputy consul general in New York was arrest and strip-searched. The charge was of her lying in a visa application on salary to her housekeeper. She was indicted by a federal grand jury on count of visa fraud and also for making false statements.

Indian government denied the charges and has asked the diplomat to return back to country under the diplomatic immunity. India has demanded US to apologize and drop all charges against the diplomat.

As per prosecution, Khobragade promised in visa application that Sangeeta Richard, her housekeeper from India, to pay her at least $9.75 per hour, the minimum wage in New York. Also that she would be required to work only 40 hours per week. But Indian Diplomat got the housekeeper to sign another contract that made her pay only $3.31 per hour and she had to work much more than 40 hours a week.

On other hand the defence, denies all these charges and states that the housekeeper was paid as per contract. To avoid detention, Indian officials appointed her as counsellor at the country’s permanent mission to the United Nations in New York. This offered her diplomatic immunity as against the consular immunity, where later is much restricted. She is now to leave the country as India has denied to waive off the immunity and allow US to prosecute her.



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