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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

Indian Diplomat Devyani not subjected to cavity search - US Marshals

New York, 20 December, (Asiantribune.com):

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was not subject to cavity search, as being alleged, the US Marshals Services claimed.

Nikki Credic-Barrett, spokesperson of the US Marshals Service, said in response to a question on the allegations by the family of the senior Indian diplomat that she was subject to cavity search. -

Khobragade, India's Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested on December 12 by the State Department's diplomatic security bureau, and then handed over to the US Marshals Service (USMS).

She was taken into custody as she was dropping her daughter to school before being released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

Devyani Khobragade in an email she sent to Indian Diplomats on Wednesday, wailed over the mistreatment she underwent and wrote that I must admit that I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, hold up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me.

After the US-India diplomatic row over mistreatment meted out to an India diplomat, Devyani writes a letter to her colleagues recounting her ordeal.

She wrote “I got the strength to regain composure and remain dignified thinking that I must represent all of my colleagues and my country with confidence and pride.”

In the meantime, the U.S. State Department on Thursday said it is not pressuring U.S. law enforcement to drop a complaint against Indian official Devyani Khobragade that has increased tensions between the two countries.

"Not true," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response to a question about whether there was pressure being applied to U.S. law enforcement.

India has urged the United States to withdraw a visa fraud case against one of its diplomats in New York, suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry's expression of regret over her treatment in custody was not enough.

- Asisan Tribune –

Devyani Khobragade  leaves Manhattan Federal Court after her arrest Thursday for allegedly cheating her housekeeper and babysitter by paying her $3.31 an hour and lying on a visa application.
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