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1 FemNaziBitch  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 2:54:19am

We hear of these cases of slavery so seldom, I have to wonder how many are missed.

2 Dark_Falcon  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 7:01:57am

I’d say there is a 3rd reason: That the US is tired of this kind of domestic slavery by diplomats and wanted to send the diplomatic community a message. And when it comes to law enforcement, one way messages are sent is through harsh arrest and detention procedures.

3 Aunty Entity Dragon  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 8:12:43am

re: #2 Dark_Falcon

I’d say there is a 3rd reason: That the US is tired of this kind of domestic slavery by diplomats and wanted to send the diplomatic community a message. And when it comes to law enforcement, one way messages are sent is through harsh arrest and detention procedures.

Then you get the same treatment in their country…and lots of Americans are in India. Lots of potential “legal hostages” who can be charged with local crimes. This is a pissing match we should not have started. India is a world player now…and they will not tolerate their diplomats being arrested and strip searched in blatant violation of the Vienna accords.

If the diplomat broke the law, you deport her. You can ask the maid if she wants sanctuary here. That is it. Period.

4 Randall Gross  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 8:21:13am

I suspect there’s hyperbole involved in some of these stories.

5 Aunty Entity Dragon  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:22:32am

re: #4 Randall Gross

I suspect there’s hyperbole involved in some of these stories.

It doesn’t matter. The story is in the media and demonstrations have started. Elections are coming up in India and USA bashing is a gift from the gods for every politician in the country. Anti Americanism has a long, long history in India (to be fair, much of it is wrapped in in anti UK colonialism and we get tarred with the same brush) and retaliation is guaranteed since nobody in office can afford to look soft on US citizens and diplomats now.

6 Dark_Falcon  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 2:29:24pm

re: #3 Aunty Entity Dragon

Then you get the same treatment in their country…and lots of Americans are in India. Lots of potential “legal hostages” who can be charged with local crimes. This is a pissing match we should not have started. India is a world player now…and they will not tolerate their diplomats being arrested and strip searched in blatant violation of the Vienna accords.

If the diplomat broke the law, you deport her. You can ask the maid if she wants sanctuary here. That is it. Period.

Actually, she’s part of the Indian Consulate in NYC, not part of the Indian Embassy to the UN. Given her position within the consulate, the State Department says she only has immunity for actions and items related to her consular function. Her treatment of a maid is not immunized.

It’s true that normally we’d simply kick out a vice general consul who had misbehaved, but we’re past that now. To simply declare her Persona Non Grata now would send an unacceptable message. It would say we don’t truly take domestic slavery cases seriously. If India retaliates, then they retaliate. Our own federal government the city government of New York should stay the course and bring the miscreant to trial.

7 Dark_Falcon  Wed, Dec 18, 2013 3:15:36pm

Update per CNN. The NYPD was not involved in Ms. Khobragade’s arrest or detention. It was entirely a US Marshals show.

8 Uncle Obdicut  Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:54:29am

For god’s sake, the woman forced her maid into servitude and then tried to enact India’s version of the fugitive slave act on her.

Or the State Department and US attorney’s are jointly in a conspiracy for some fucking reason.

What the hell? When did people get so blase about human trafficking?

9 rohan  Thu, Dec 19, 2013 5:12:14pm

As a native of India, I am truly ashamed that country of my origin has decided to direct all their outrage at the US. None at this diplomat who was treating this fellow Indian citizen like a slave.


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