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Diplomatic row simmers in both US, India

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 - 01:46

Dec. 21 - Demonstrations in both the US and India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat, and the domestic worker she is charged with underpaying. Julie Noce reports.

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Protesters gathered in front of the Indian Consulate in New York Friday to voice their support for an Indian national at the center of what's become a diplomatic quarrel between the U.S. and India. The demonstrators held signs for Sangeeta Richard, a housekeeper for an Indian diplomat based in New York. The diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, was charged with visa fraud and making false statements about Richards' salary. A migrant-worker advocacy group organizer said diplomats have a history of abusing their domestic workers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAH OBIAS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR FOR THE DAMAYAN MIGRANT WORKERS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "That this is actually not an isolated case but that diplomats, we have seen, are bringing workers over on these A-3 visas and G-5 visas and because of their immunity are able to abuse workers and exploit workers practically with impunity." In India, the backlash again Khobragade's arrest and treatment during her detention by U.S. officials has been unrelenting. Friday, a Domino's Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb was ransacked. Elected officials are also are furious over Khobragade's arrest which included a strip-search. Indian Foreign Secretary, Sujatha Singh says such treatment of foreign dignitaries is unacceptable. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, SUJATHA SINGH, SAYING: " do not treat Indian diplomat under these circumstances whether it is in the United States or any other country in the world. We expect our diplomats to be given exactly the same courtesies that we extend to American diplomats and indeed to diplomats from all other countries in the world, that is the lump of the matter." Khobragade faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Diplomatic row simmers in both US, India

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 - 01:46

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