were the India player, or gov, I'd be asking about the victimized national, not the searched lady; hey what about this maid? is it true? they have squirrely docs, say it's fraud! she was cheated, work without pay, economic slavery, which is now a big thing what with the stories we hear from the Saudi and other middle east, the workers come over and victimized, made to do, made to go, made to work 24/7, passports stolen, cannot get out, cannot get redress, get justice? and now we see this lady,
she's the deputy consul general from India in NYNY, has this maid sourced in India, came over, employee, and complained to NY or US officials she is frauded, victimized, needs redress, justice, so the lady boss was questioned, then by evidence and witnesses, arrested, charged, and arrest procedures have search, and detaining, in a cell ................... and they'r going batshit spazz in ole India and the embassy, and now, the dreaded Reciprocity word crops up??
' But her public arrest and subsequent treatment as "a common criminal" has prompted outrage at home. India's national security adviser called the treatment of Khobragade on Tuesday "despicable and barbaric".
Nancy Powell, US ambassador to Delhi, was summoned by the Indian foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh, last week and on Tuesday officials said that US diplomats would be asked to reveal full details of how much they paid their own domestic staff in India to ensure compliance with local laws.
Earlier on Tuesday bulldozers removed security barriers outside the US embassy in Delhi – the most visible evidence of the anger in the country sparked by the incident last week.
Politicians – including Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and vice-chairman of the ruling Congress Party, and Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist opposition – refused to meet a visiting US congressional delegation.
Indian government officials told the Guardian that they were "hurt and shocked".
"No Indian diplomat has been treated this way for decades. [The US] is our friend and strategic ally and you can't just treat a friendly country's representatives like this. This is major, major ill treatment and is totally inexplicable," one said.
The arrest quickly became a major story in India, dominating TV bulletins. According to Indian officials, Khobragade was arrested and handcuffed as she dropped off her daughter at school, then strip-searched and kept in a cell with drug addicts before posting $250,000 bail.
India is acutely sensitive to its international image and status, and in the past far less serious incidents have provoked major clashes. Standard security checks in the US regularly are front-page news here when they involve visiting Indian dignitaries, who are largely exempt from being frisked while at home.
US diplomats in consulates across India have been asked to surrender identity cards issued to them and their families, which entitle them to special privileges. India has also withdrawn all airport passes for consulates and import clearances for the embassy.
The new demand for details of salaries of US consular staff's domestic workers in India could prove embarrassing for the embassy. Many are likely to be found in breach of local standards. "We are applying a principle of strict reciprocity," said the Indian government official.
Khobragade, 39, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could lead to a 10-year prison sentence, and plans to challenge the arrest on grounds of diplomatic immunity, her lawyer said last week.
In Washington, the US state department has said that standard procedures were followed during Khobragade's arrest. Officials argue that her immunity from prosecution extends only to actions directly connected to her position.
The consular official's father, Uttam Khobragade, told the TimesNow TV news channel on Tuesday that his daughter's treatment was "absolutely obnoxious".
"As a father I feel hurt, our entire family is traumatised," he said
they dont care the law says immunity is for that which related to duties of the post, they just care she didnt have kowtowing dignity and respect; so now US dips are under the gun, this could get ugly.
and INDIA dont seem to be concerned if there is this trend of victimizing servant workers?
Edited by offworlder, 17 December 2013 - 07:35 PM.