Kerry voices regret to India over diplomat’s arrest

December 19, 2013 - 3:33:50 am

Indian policemen watch as a bulldozer removes a barricade in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on December 17, 2013. India launched a series of reprisals against the US over a diplomat’s arrest in New York, including pulling identity cards for American consular officials in the country, foreign ministry sources said. Indian security forces also removed police barricades from streets near the US embassy in the capital, in another apparent measure over the arrest.

 

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced regret yesterday over the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York.

The top US diplomat called India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon about the case of Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general in New York. 

Kerry told Menon he “empathises with the sensitivities we are hearing from India about the events that unfolded after Ms Khobragade’s arrest and in his conversation with National Security Adviser Menon he expressed his regret,” a State Department spokeswoman said.

Khobragade was arrested last week in New York for allegedly paying a domestic worker a fraction of the minimum wage and for lying about the employee’s salary in a visa application. 

The US Marshals service has confirmed that she was treated the same as all people who are processed through the federal court system, and was strip-searched and placed in a cell with other women detainees before being bailed the same day. 

 

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