Devyani Khobragade Scandal: The View From India

If it's a simple case of a poor maid being mistreated by her diplomat employer, why are so many Indians so angry over the Devyani Khobragade affair?

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Supporters of Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena, a Hindu hardline group, carry placards during a protest near the U.S. embassy in New Delhi Dec.18, 2013

The Indian government has slammed the arrest in New York City of one of its middle-ranking diplomats as being contrary to the Vienna Convention, and characterized the U.S. prosecutor’s explanation as “rhetorical” and an act of “interference.”

Deputy consul-general Devyani Khobragade, 39, was arrested on Dec. 12 and later bailed on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her domestic helper, who is also Indian. The alleged offenses do not appear to be covered by diplomatic immunity and U.S. prosecutor Preet Bharara said that in detention Khobragade was given courtesies “well beyond” what regular suspects are shown.

“The agents arrested her in the most discreet way possible, and unlike most defendants, she was not then handcuffed or restrained. In fact, the arresting officers did not even seize her phone as they normally would have,” said Bharara, who added that marshals “brought her coffee and offered to get her food.”

In an official statement issued Thursday, the Indian government criticized Bharara and said that “There were no courtesies in the treatment that was meted out to the diplomat, under the normal definition of that word in the English language.” New Delhi also accused Bharara of attempting to make “a post facto rationalization for an action that should never have taken place in the first instance.”

The claim that Khobragade was strip- and cavity-searched — standard practice for all defendants in U.S. custody — caused outrage in India.

(VIDEO: Indian Diplomat’s New York Arrest and Strip Search Sparks Fury at Home)

Many Indians believe that Khobragade’s domestic helper, Sangeeta Richards, went to the U.S. on Indian government sponsorship with the sole intention of securing a green card. The Indian edition of the Mail Online reports that Richards went missing from her place of employment in June — seven months after arriving in the U.S. with Khobragade — and surfaced two weeks later with an immigration lawyer demanding $10,000 and a regular passport instead of her diplomatic one. Khobragade then filed an injunction in the High Court in Delhi in an attempt to protect herself from any legal action launched by Richards in the U.S.

The Indian government thus considers the affair to be a dispute between two consular staff, subject to Indian laws. “When the legal process in another friendly and democratic country is interfered with in this manner, it not only amounts to interference but also raises the serious concern of calling into question the very legal system of that country,” the official statement said.

New Delhi is also livid that Richards’ husband and children have been brought to the States by U.S. authorities, because they were, in Bharara’s words, being “reportedly … confronted in numerous ways regarding this case” and because of legal action being brought against Richards in India. Al Jazeera, quoting media reports, said that Richards’ family had been taken into custody for a time. The Indian government asked “what right a foreign government has to ‘evacuate’ Indian citizens from India while cases are pending against them in the Indian legal system.”

The Indian press has meanwhile turned on Bharara, an Indian-born attorney behind some of America’s most high profile convictions in the last few years — among them those of Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director, and billionaire hedge-fund mogul Raj Rajaratnam, for insider trading. “Is US attorney Preet Bharara using the Khobragade case for a political career?” asked the Firstpost news website. “There are whispers that Bharara jumped the gun because he is looking for trophy ‘scalps’ as a springboard to public office,” it added. India Today asked “Is Bharara targeting Indians?”

Some analysts fear that the Khobragade affair has exacted a heavy toll on U.S.-India relations. “We may not be back to square one, but are not very far from it either,” says Mohan Guruswamy, founder and chairman of Delhi think-tank Centre for Policy Alternatives.

MORE: Secretary of State John Kerry Expresses Regret to Indian Official Amid Diplomatic Row

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klp_pdc@yahoo.com
klp_pdc@yahoo.com

American law enforcement is out of control. No other civilized country allows a suspect to be strip searched before a fair trial and they are found guilty. Go to Europe and see how they treat the suspects and how they respect human rights. I do not like this diplomat and I wouldn't mind if she got a fair trial, but to treat her in such a way is a sign of a gestapo state.

prak419
prak419

dear George susan, that's the point America need to understand, but they don't . Sangeetha is nothing but an example of the mindset in greedy people who will stoop to the lowest levels. will do any kind of planning plotting to get green card. she sold her country to get green card for family (and she is on fast track for citizenship) using 't- traffic' status. free airfair, free fooding loding. people like you who are highly educated, worked hard, contribute dto society, chose the right path are not going to get green card even if u wait for 12 years. same thing with h1b, lottery..wtf!! I see more taxi drivers on h1b then qualified engineers or ivy league mbas (who struggle to find jobs because of h1b issue). I hope the US govt. grows some brain.

dr.george.susan
dr.george.susan

I am  an MD in US , been here close to 8 years done research and  worked   hard all these years.Still waiting for my green card . It is  sad when people like Sangeetha Richards and her family  managed to take both goverments for a ride so that they could live their American dream  .  I guess all the other immigrants  worked  hard all these years are fools. .

Somebody explain  how  I can  pay  my maid 4500 $ when I draw a salary of 4120$ .Correct  me  if I am wrong.

Sam123!
Sam123!

SamuelPJ, Are you Devyani's husband by any chance?

Azaad
Azaad

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations , Article 41 clearly states that Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trail, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority. So the arrest of Dr. Khobragade is a clear violation of the Vienna Convention. As far as payment of minimum wages  go, Article 47 of Vienna conventions clearly stipulates  that private and consular staff are not binded by the local wages.

Also  the report by US attorney is incorrect. Google the storyby Nina Rai"Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity, was accredited UN adviser before arrest" . Below you will find the links for form D160. D160 clearly ask for employer salary andnot employee salary. See for yourself. So one of their charges is incorrect. Secondly Devyani already had diplomatic immunity and she told at the time of arrest she had immunity.


http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16229757-khobragade-has-full-diplomatic-immunity-was-accredited-un-advisor-even-before-arrest



prak419
prak419

editor, my humble request  please close this thread so that no one can post here anymore because this forum has turned into a campiagning medium of personal agendas. Thanks


@AbrahamYeshuratnam , the way you have been pursuing your support for the wrongdoings of the maid, I seriously think you have a vested agenda/interest. just because this maid is from from  the same place that you are from does not mean you should rally for her. We are rational human beings. I don't want to waste my time anymore. people can see what you are upto. Thanks.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

prak419 Your  refute real facts presented in my post,  Your  sick and biased mindset refuses to accept real facts in my post and you call it 'maniac' --- a reflection of your mental condition. Sangeetha is not at all known to me. But I have to defend her as a human right activist.That's all.


prak419
prak419

to the poster below, my advise get out of parochical mindset,  just beause she belongs to your state or community or maybe any other relation, you should not post like maniac here supporting her wrong doings. your big big comments and thousands of them, prove you are trying to impose your personal agenda here.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

Sangeeta, the poor maid employed by Devyani, is from Kerala State.  She has been a loyal servant all these years, and there is no black mark against her. It is wrong to say that the US embassy helped her husband and children get air tickets. Since her husband is a driver in the embassy, ticket agents were given his embassy address. It is a private ticket agency and the embassy address is used to deliver the tickets online. Whatever may be the origin of tickets, Indian government has issued emigration papers. So everything was done with full knowledge of the government of India.

It is also wrong to call this incident a diplomatic row. There is no border dispute  or loan settlement or exchange of students etc., But Devyanis matter is a private, personal dispute over the , settlement of wages. It is  like rape, assault, impersonation etc., and not a diplomatic dispute. It is a criminal case. American constitution will never allow executive to intervene in judiciary. Bush[s daughter was arrested when he was remaining as president in the White House. Obama even said that Travyon would be like "my son," and yet the Jury acquitted Zimmerman. So it is ridiculous on the part of Khurshid to seek the support of Kerry to withdraw the criminal case against Devyani. If she is convicted, she will have to serve 15 years in prison, according to American criminal code.

ArunKumarN.K.
ArunKumarN.K.

India is a democracy and has a functioning legal system. This is a tussle between two Indian citizens. The matter has been referred to in Indian courts. So why is the USA so involved? Why does USA have to take the maid's family to the USA, two days before Devayani's arrest, after obtaining T-Visa from U.S. ?  Does USA not have any faith in the Indian judicial system? Is there more to be made in the maid problem? If so, the matter no longer gets confined to these individuals, it becomes an USA vs INDIA matter. We have lot of maids in India with lot of problems ? Why don't you save them all from us, the Talibani Indians. We love the Americans.  We have a Prime Minister whose one daughter is an American citizen. In fact Devayani's husband is an American. Given the option, half of India would be lining up for Green Card. We love ur junk food too Domino's and MacDonalds. So don't let a maid's ingenuity to get a Green Card get the USA so ruffled up?

On a serious note, why does the United Nations have to be in the USA. If United Nations is set in a Third World country, think of  the boost the poor nation's economy will get but I guess it will not be in USA's interest.

prak419
prak419

obviously the maid is playing a nefarious game to get green card. while engineers and mbas wait 11 years for green card, maids plan nast games and get in months. good.

vaishnavjagdip
vaishnavjagdip

What is requested in short & simple language that  no one should go on taking harsh actions, alleging  about mishandling  of the case unless  full details , facts are made known. People have faith in judiciary.


There are chances that matter may have been misrepresented ,facts remains hidden by either party , but fair solution is , wait till final judgment is arrived


Relations,with other countries should not get affected

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

The case of Devyani Khobragade is the third instance where maids working for diplomats at the Indian Consulate General in New York have complained against their employers. However, Khobragade's case is not an isolated one and top diplomats serving at the Indian Consulate General in the city were accused of harassment and slavery by their maids. The most recent case is that of India's previous Consul General Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, who was slapped with sexual harassment accusation in 2011 by his maid Santosh Bhardwaj. Bhardwaj, 45 had filed a forced labour-suit against Dayal accusing him of treating her as a slave and making sexual advances. Earlier in July 2010, a complaint was filed in a federal court by Shanti Gurung who accused diplomat Neena Malhotra and her husband Jogesh of kidnapping, trafficking her and ill-treatment.

kkluwang
kkluwang

US is setting a dangerous trend of supporting the maid who wants to emigrate to America by any means, by hook or by crook. I read in some newspapers that sangeeta, the maid and her family is on the way to green card and maybe permanent residency later on... The amount of money she was paid is even higher than a software engineer just out of college in India... If USA still wants to support her family without considering the views of the diplomat,indian govt or indian people...then this will only encourage people like the maid to misused their entry and residency in US and all indian software engineers who want green card can leave their engineering jobs and apply for "NANNY JOBS" in the US ... The shortest way to green card in US...... LOL ;)

R.Singh
R.Singh

In relations between two nations, diplomacy, courtesy and sensitivity are paramount features. 

They have to adhered to at all cost.

Even if we assume that the allegations of underpayment of wages , exploitation were true, what was the amount involved

In a month:

30 days X 24 Hours X $ 6.5 ( shortfall of rate) = approx $ 4320/ month.

This would amount to approx $ 35,000 from November2012 to July 2013, when the matter seems to have exploded.

For $ 35, 000 was it worth while for the US government to humiliate a Diplomat ( that too a lady diplomat).

Most people will think NO.

And that is why the Indian people are angry.

Rightly so, would one not think?

Why was a Mountain   made of this  molehill ?

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

Documentary evidence is vital in a trial court. We don't know what all Devyani has written in her affidavit and in visa applications. The whole trouble started because Devyani filed a case against the poor maid in an Indian court. If the case had not been  filed, everything would have been settled by mutual negotiation. It is also wrong to say that the US 'evacuated the Indian citizen.' It it were 'evacuation,' or 'kidnapping,' why did the India government clear emigration papers? So everything was done with the knowledge of Indian government. Devyani was too haste and too protective by filing a case against her maid and that has  landed her in trouble.

SuzannahTroy
SuzannahTroy

My blog has a long series of posts as to why I believe Preet Bharara as more than failed the People of NYC with his 

see no evil approach to NYC slush aka tax payer abuse, the CityTime crime trial where Preet made sure not to go back in time protecting key top officials at SAIC and NYC Gov and he won't even give us a criminal investigation in to 911 Tech corruption and  it is bigger than CityTime!   In NYC retaliating against women and humiliating them occurs to often and I was humiliating and threatened by NYPD who are backed up by Ray Kelly after I was savagely attacked.  I even asked NYPD Det John Vergona why do I have to wait 4 days to be false arrested are you anti-Semitic?  Ray Kelly supports him refusing to answer these questions and coercing me and humiliating me and Ray Kelly insists tax payers pay for the defense of Det John Vergona -- in Italian 'vergogna" means SHAME!


I don't condone making People work as slaves and I have no idea if the allegations are true but I am confident that there was no reason to body cavity search Devyani Khobragade and the goal was to degrade and humiliated her as mayor Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly head of the NYPD did to Occupy Wall Street Women to make them afraid to come back and protest as legally allowed and in my case I was a victim of a  savage attack at Dr Andrew Fagelman's --- google Dr Fagelman assault and watch the video of the beginning of the attack --- she made a hole in my retina in my eye and damaged my neck as I did the bare minimum to defend myself never putting down my bags and my arm was numb from a 430 medical procedure but Dr FAgelman's receptionist came out from behind a long closed off reception desk to further menace me after a verbal assault that included yelling at me I had not rights!   Ray Kelly is defending the NYPD's role of coercion and fabricating Delita Hooks false cross complaint in to mutual assault when there was nothing mutual and I am in Federal Court suing Ray Kelly, The City of NY and as many NYPD and Internal Affairs as I could get names of.   Many withheld badge numbers but the name of the game is political retaliation and Ray Kelly isn't shy about supporting the humiliation of women.

smithanna468
smithanna468





India  is  one  of  the  few  nations  in  the  world  where   the  population  really  LIKES   and  admires   the   USA.



Way  to  go - -- alienate  a  key  ally   in  a  strategic region  of  the  world,  as  well  as  a  big  trading  partner.  

BingBing
BingBing

india is always not friendly 

Azaad
Azaad

This incident has the tone of racial profiling byUS attorney Bharara who seems to have dislike for Indians . Attorney Bharara has high political ambitions and he is selective in his cases he goes after pursuing those that bring him notoriety and fame.

Black Friday Prosecutor Too Bent on Drama?

http://www.pokerupdate.com/news/the-full-tilt-saga/black-friday-prosecutor-too-bent-on-drama/

Preet Bharara Busted by Judge Richard J Sullivan

http://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2013/10/preet-bharara-busted-by-judge-richard-j.html

Federal Judge Chides Bharara for ‘Tabloid’ Press Operation

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/10/16/federal-judge-chides-bharara-for-tabloid-press-operation/

Manhattan Attorney Preet Bharara under scanner for 'targeting Indians' 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2525468/Manhattan-Attorney-Preet-Bharara-scanner-targeting-Indians.html#ixzz2nv5aFShw

Is US attorney Preet Bharara using the Khobragade case for a political career?

http://www.firstpost.com/world/is-us-attorney-preet-bharara-using-the-khobragade-case-for-a-political-career-1295701.html

Azaad
Azaad

Missing Pieces of Dr. Devyani Khobragade  Case.  Part I (Pasted form another source)


Firstly as far as minimum  wages go an article 47 of vienna conventions clearly stipulates  that private and consular staff are not binded by the local wages. So this minimum wage issue should be thrown out.

When maid disappeared she also stole things from diplomats house and her husband actually went to police station in  New York in July 2013 to file a report.

The maid came to US with sole intention of staying back and immigrating to US. Coming to  US on work visa with internet  to stay afterwards or apply for immigration US  is a clear violation of visa regulations. She is  supposed to come back to India  after her visa  expires or the work is terminated. This intention is further strengthened  by assertion made my maids mother in law  that the maid always wanted to go to US and work there.

Both diplomat and her husband  work and maid is the only one at  home and is free to do whatever she wants  so those who say this is trafficking is all rubbish.  She stayed there for 6 months. If this was human trafficking she would have disappeared in 1 month.  Wont you? More so a personal diary of maid  shows that she  had a good time working there and she was treated like family. So she wasn't  mistreated.

Diplomat  sent  a letter to  NYPD Deputy Inspector in July , informing him that her maid had disappeared  and requested  assistance from the NYPD.  Diplomat's  husband  went to NYPD  to file a report for theft stating  that maid had stolen  things  from their  home.

As maids intention was to stay in US and found out by contacting several NGOS that the only way to stay was to  get a  visa for which she has to prove that she is abused and is a victim..So after figuring how to game the system  she  disappeared and with the help of  human rights organization started this whole process.  NGO's  or human rights org though  are trying to help the person but they  don't verify the other side of the story because they never speak to the other side. So if the maid  made up a good story and they took her on face value, they will initiate the process. Since the  NGOS do  several cases every week they know very well  how the system works. And they will tell you what to say and what not to say to strengthen your case.  Some NGO  are ethical and some are unethical.  I know someone one who worked in such NGO  so I am familiar with the process.

 Like in US you  have a background check, in India there is no background check so maid  was hired based on her skills and a certain  level of trust.   That is  where the diplomat made a mistake.  She should have done a more through investigation before hiring  her.   This maid is not your regular Indian maid. See her pictures. She was going to temple, beauty salon and outings every  Sundays. The maid seems to be super duper smart.

 Another thing to consider is that there are no  such complaints by the same maids when they are working with same diplomats in Europe or other countries. Why is that so? Because in those countries there is not T visa and hence there is no  incentive to  file any such complaints of abuse and game the system.

After few weeks, the maid  called the diplomat for a meeting at some third party office, a meeting that the diplomat attended  with other consular officers. There the maid demanded  her to give $10,000 , change the passport  from official to a local one and help her in immigration. The diplomat refused to do so and told her to go back to India as she had terminated her work contract  and offered to give her a free ticket. Now for a second assume, that this was not US but some third world country like Nepal or Bhutan,  the maid  would have definitely taken the ticket and gone back home. When asked to go back to India maid's reply was (recorded conversation)…. Why  would I want to leave the US. If I leave now, I will never get an opportunity to come back. She knew this was once in lifetime opportunity and T visa was her route. It seems to be more like a case of extortion and  blackmail by the maid where she is saying help me to get Indian passport, US immigration and  the money otherwise I will screw you with an abuse and human trafficking allegations, which she eventually did.

This is the interesting part for those who say the maid was abused or did human trafficking. During this meeting, the whole environment became so contentious (as reported) that maid had to be escorted out of the meeting by the cops. One would wonder will  a person (maid) who has  been abused show such a demeanor towards the diplomat so as to  be escorted out of the meeting  by the cops. It raises serious question about maids abuse accusations


Azaad
Azaad

Missing Pieces of Dr. Devyani Khobragade  Case.  Part II (Pasted form another source)

Looking from maids perspective , you see lot of people coming  from Mexican borders  because they want a better life and will do anything to get the green card. So she like them, she was looking after her own best  interest.   But the way she went about doing so was not right. She backstabbed the only person who helped her to come to US by filing a complaint that she  is being abused.  What a way to show gratitude. There  are lot of fake cases in US for " U visa and T visa where people will game the system to get one.

Look it at a different angle.  Imagine if the diplomat hadn't hired her or hired someone else., the maid would still be in India. She would be making between  Rs 5000  to Rs 12,000 ($250/month) per months without any benefits such as insurance, clothes, airfare, lodging, etc. Instead she was living in new York and being  paid  Rs 30,000 ($530/month) and other benefits such as , lodging, food, airfare, ( $600/month)etc. So comparatively she was much better off. So the case of exploitation and trafficking is all rubbish.

When you go to an outsourcing website( fiver) and ask someone to work for you at $5 in some other country for what will cost you $ 20 here in US, one can argue that you are  exploiting the other or one can say you are taking   advantage of demand and supply equation. Its same here.  If   this maid hadn't come there would be tons of other maid willing to come with the diplomat. So with Rs 30,000 plus benefits  definitely  improved her economic situation.

The diplomat was proactive and wanted to avoid any  trouble with the maid. Being an Indian citizen she  filed her case in Indian court against  the maid so she could be tracked and be sent back to india as the maid  was under the Indian official passport. The court filed an order to track her and issue a notice  to Interpol in this regards.  The Indian  consulate in US  notified the US police . The US  state department was notified five times but they never replied once to the Indian consulate. That is where there was a complete breakdown of communication. Such a case should have been  handled through diplomatic channels and not  broad daylight arrest.

One is wondering  where  is  the maid. Of course when you  knock at the doorsteps of Human rights organization they will provide free food and shelter for you to stay so I am sure she is safe and sound. More so they would like you to avoid interfacing with public so as not to weaken  the case.

Though on one side the US attorney office wants to do Justice by punishing the diplomat but on other hand for 6 months they have been harboring the maid ( they knew where the maid was)who has  a pending court case  and arrest warrant in India. More so they had no business to evacuate an Indian citizen (maids spouse) from India  without notifying the Indian government . It shows no respect for Indian laws and Indian judiciary system. Its like the  big brother (US) is bullying the smaller nations and then wants  to get way with it.

This case seems  to be a  clear case of visa fraud and extortion by maid with the sole intention to reside and immigrate to the US carried on with help of NGO and other activist organizations. This is the bummer.  On one hand the human rights activist will say they are trying to protect one women from abuse and on other hand they will allow the other women to be humiliated  by allowing her to go through with  cavity and strip searches. One wonders why don't these  organizations fight for women rights for not having to go through such abusive practices of strip searches

likhon
likhon

@prak419 Before all that Sangeetha did want to go back home and was denied by Ms. DK since she had her passport. If she was allowed to go back home, we wouldn't have this conversation.

likhon
likhon

@dr.george.susan It's not possible but you can lie(root of this issue) about it though! It took me 9 years to get the GC but I know people who got married to an American got the card lot sooner. That's loopholes for you. You can't do anything about it.

prak419
prak419

@Sam123! no, he is an indian but you sure are AbrahamYeshuratnam (probably the maild sangeeta's husband) in disguise. I pity people like you who will sell their own country for a green card.

arunkumarnk
arunkumarnk

@prak419 I agree. Abraham is supporting because she is a fellow Christain and from the state of Kerala.

ArunKumarN.K.
ArunKumarN.K.

@AbrahamYeshuratnam Dear Abraham,  The maid's family was issued tickets by the American Embassy and that too on T-visa and two days prior to Devyani's arrest.Do you know in what cases T-visa is given? I too am from Kerala but this is a deplorable incident.

prak419
prak419

@AbrahamYeshuratnam, my advise get out of parochical mindset,  just beause she belongs to your state or community or maybe any other relation, you should not post like maniac here supporting her wrong doings.

likhon
likhon

@ArunKumarN.K. 'India is a democracy and has a functioning legal system' - What would have happened to the maid and her family? Don't answer that.

likhon
likhon

@prak419 That's loopholes. Sheepherders get their Green Cards faster.

likhon
likhon

@kkluwang She wanted to go back home but DK wouldn't let her(she still has her passport). Don't blame her for everything.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@R.Singh

"For $ 35, 000 was it worth while for the US government to humiliate a Diplomat ( that too a lady diplomat).

Most people will think NO.

And that is why the Indian people are angry.

Rightly so, would one not think?

Why was a Mountain   made of this  molehill ?"


not rightly so at all. see, unlike you in India, in America, we believe in paying people for the work they've done, not making them work as slaves. doesn't matter who's doing the enslaving. a couple months ago, we arrested a Saudi princess for doing the same thing. let's pretend the roles were reversed. if the Indian government arrested an American diplomat in India, you'd tell us to mind our own business and respect Indian law, so I'll do the same: kindly pi$$ off. she wasn't a high enough ranking diplomat to receive immunity, so she has to abide by our laws, which she chose not to. to you, it might not matter. here, it does. instead of worrying about America enforcing American laws, maybe you should focus more on your problems at home, like your rape epidemic.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@smithanna468

"Way  to  go - -- alienate  a  key  ally   in  a  strategic region  of  the  world,  as  well  as  a  big  trading  partner."



you don't understand how international trade works, do you? the government of india isn't going to put sanctions on us over this, as losing our business would hurt them more than us. the business owners in india (many of whom are not indian themselves) aren't going to care about this, only about making money. this is going to have no impact at all.

unputdownable
unputdownable

@SamuelPJ  Thanks for providing the accurate picture of this scam run by the overzealous activists of organizations involved in rescuing women from all kinds of trafficking. While a lot of good work has been done by these organizations unfortunately a number of activists involved in these organizations are there just for gaining a name and power and are actually hurting the very reason these organizations are meant to exist. These activists particularly focus on soft targets like 3rd world country officials and workers on H1 visa who have very limited protection under US laws as well as very limited financial resources forcing them to yield to the pressure (read blackmail & extorsion) from the judiciary. 

This is one of the most dirty part of the US judicial system which not a single Law & Order TV show ever featured in any of its episodes. 

I was a victim of a very similar scam carried out by the a group called AWAKE (Asian Women in Alliance of Knowledge and Kinship) in New York's Rockland County operated by some Indian ladies claiming to be an expert in Indian culture potraying to the US govt that every man from the Indian subcontinent is a wife beater.  

My wife suffered from a severe mental disorder, had been on treatment for about 10 years (both in India and in the US) when she unfortunately came across  AWAKE activists named Jaslin Chopra at a time her antipsychotic meds needed adjustment as she was going through a delusional phase. AWAKE took up her case based on her delusional complaint against me and pushed her case with all vigour in spite of my wife's psychiatrist (yes a white American) strongly stating in writing that she was extremely delusional. All of a sudden four cop cars showed up on my front lawn as my wife called 911 and complained against me as tutored by Jaslin Chopra of AWAKE. I was not home at that time, fortunately my 13 year old daughter talked to the cops and gave them all the evidence of her mother's severe mental illness showing them the medication she was on. As I stepped into the house the officers were very sympathetic towards me and my daughter and told us how sorry they felt for what we were going thru and took my wife to the nearest pshychiatric facility (Robert Yeagger Center in Pomona) for evaluation. I was happy at the police officer's genuine goodness and was quite hopeful that the psychiatrists at the facility will keep her for extended care similar to what she got in Delhi's VIMHANS. Unfortunately the women's group in AWAKE used their clout using the power of the local congresswoman to get my wife discharged from the hospital on the same day and taken to an undisclosed location for her 'protection'. This is the same crap you hear when these folks in power in the US govt do when they want to make story out of thin air - the same thing they've done to the 'maid' in the diplomat's case. 

Several lawsuits followed after this - I ultimately won all the lawsuits - in the family court and in the Appeals Court which turned down the NY State Supreme Court judge Alred Weiner's order for me to pay $10000 as my wife's attorney fees in the divorce case to his former secretary a rogue attorney named Eric Ole Thorsen hired by the Rockland Family Shelter/AWAKE .  As it became evident that I was able to turn the table against Rockland Family Shelter/AWAKE they boarded my wife on an airplane to Kolkata without even informing her real caregivers (my daughter and me). Without any supervised medical treatment for her psychosis my wife's condition deteriorated and from unconfirmed reports recived she recently killed her own elderly mother - and this is the woman the anti trafficking activists wanted to showcase as an example of a "great rescue". It's a shame groups like AWAKE filled with unscrupulous elements like Jaslin Chopra, Dr. Madhu Ahluwalia (the shrink who took my wife off medication to prove she was battered) are still not in jail. Its a huge tragedy that the US govt inspite of all the good intention of protecting women against trafficking sometimes makes the terrible mistake of not having any oversight of the field workers from teh NGO who has vested interest in th eway they process cases as evident from incidents like Khobragade. I will not be surprised at all that the NY prosecutor Preetinder Singh Bharrar (real name of Preet Bharrar) is well connected with AWAKE as well with the former memebers of Khalistan (KLF or BTF faction) to carry out a crusade against a quite helpless lady Indian diplomat who unfortunately doesn't have the financial means or connection with former terrorist group to defend herself in the US. Cases like this had been going on for many years any thee has been numorous victims like Khobragade to the extent that prosecutor Preetinder grossly miscalculated the Indian reaction to his fiasco - interstingly Mayor Bloomberg who is quite close to AWAKE and similar organzation is silent so far and so is Mrs. Hillary Clinton who is also quite close to the female attorneys of these group who fabricate these cases for T1 and U1 visas.


To AbrahamYeshuratnam - your comments seem to be more doctored than anyone elses. 


AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

@SamuelPJ Have you been doctored to post such messages? Let's hear the other side of the story. The maid is from Kerala and she has no other intention, but to work. It is a dispute over wages.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

@SamuelPJ It's a totally distorted version. The whole trouble started because Devyani filed a case against the poor maid in an Indian court. If the case had not been  filed, everything would have been settled by mutual negotiation. It is also wrong to say that the US 'evacuated the Indian citizen.' It it were 'evacuation,' or 'kidnapping,' why did the India government clear emigration papers? So everything was done with the knowledge of Indian government. Devyani was too haste and too protective and that landed her in trouble. 

vk_bandi
vk_bandi

@likhon@prak419 No, she didn't, The maid "escaped" from the house of the diplomat when she was asked to go back to India. The diplomat never withheld her passport. The maid wanted a normal passport instead of a diplomatic one, so that she could apply for a green card, which the diplomat refused to provide(rightfully so).

prak419
prak419

@likhon not true. as per the data available, she never wanted. even she was offered ticket plus $10000 that she was demanding (blackmailing), this is documented and has been attested to by witnesses (many high ranking indian embassy officials who accompanied devyani), check out, to quote her 'why would I go back to india, I will not go back to india, I know if I go back one I will never be able to come back'. does not this clearly signify who is wrong and who is playing cheap games. what hurts me is two big countries are righting like dogs due to this situation created by the maid. sad, very sad. I don't care whether u r a maid or diplomat, if u r a bad person , a selfish person I will raise my voice. just because someone is a maid does not mean we should blindly support her.

vk_bandi
vk_bandi

@likhon@prak419No support India, throw the corrupt consular in an Indian jail, if corruption is proved.

prak419
prak419

@arunkumarnk, sorry I do not support you view on support based on religion etc. and do not want to comment on that. I just strongly feel that he has some vested interest (best known to him) and because he himself was first to bring up her state (he says 'she is poor maid from kerala'') in his comments below, I feel that he is trying to give regional color to this issue to gain support , which I feel is incorrect. If someon is doing something wrong I do not care whetehr she is from my own state or my own relative, wrong is wrong.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

@ArunKumarN.K.@AbrahamYeshuratnam   T visa   would have perhaps given because Devyani had already filed a case against Sangeeta's family and they are to be brought to  the United states  to assist law enforcement in testifyingg against her.. The whole crisis began because Devyani filed a case against Sangeeta's family in Delhi. Otherwise, it could have easily been settled through mutual discussion. So there is nothing legally improper in giving T visa. Once the seal of emigration is affixed, it is a clear case that government of India has approved Sangeeta's family's travel to the U.S.

prak419
prak419

@vk_bandi exactly. so this incident clearly proves who is right who is wrong.

likhon
likhon

@SiddharthDey @#libtardedamerica @R.Singh What are you going to do? Stating the reality would be impolite but there is nothing more you can do. You did all you could. Just wait until the next Government comes. Wait and see what happens then.