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India outraged by strip-search
of diplomat in NYC

USA Today, by Oren Dorell

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Posted By:RUReadyY3K, 12/18/2013 1:06:25 PM

The U.S. State Department was scrambling to tamp down Indian outrage over the arrest of a diplomat in New York City who says she was stripped- and cavity-searched over charges that she didn´t pay her housekeeper enough money. "We don´t want this to negatively impact our bilateral relationship (with India), and we´ll keep talking about it with them on the ground and here," said Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman at the State Department.

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That´s the ticket. Let´s hassle diplomats for lying on visa application on what they´re paying their maid. That´s more fun than deporting criminal illegal aliens.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: el zopilote, 12/18/2013 1:36:43 PM     (No. 9658914)

When are we going to do something right
for a change?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Michaelus, 12/18/2013 1:57:38 PM     (No. 9658939)

Stupid Indians - don´t they realize that this is a police state in which an arrest means bing strip searched - especially if you are a cute female?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/18/2013 2:03:12 PM     (No. 9658945)

Chalk up another ´unforced error´ for our State Dept.

Who´s job will it be to tell Barky that these people have nuclear weapons ?

What happened to diplomatic immunity ?

Why pick a fight with India of all places ?



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Reply 4 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/18/2013 2:06:33 PM     (No. 9658951)

When briefed on the incident the Secretary of State stated, "She´s from India? That´s okay. They don´t have nuclear weapons."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/18/2013 2:09:34 PM     (No. 9658957)

Ye gods. We´re sorry, India, truly we are. Those of us who didn´t elect these people, anyway. What a travesty.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/18/2013 2:13:37 PM     (No. 9658963)

This diplomat is (a) female (b) a PhD (c) of ´Dalit´ caste (untouchable, a protected class). She was arrested on a public street, put in handcuffs, then forced to strip and subjected to cavity searches and then locked for the night with drug addicts and common prostitutes.
This is equivalent of publicly referring to Valerie Jarrett and Michelle 0bama with the N&B words. Government and the entire political establishment would go ballistic.
This is exactly what has happened. It is not going to go away by ignoring it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: alpha91c, 12/18/2013 2:42:00 PM     (No. 9659003)

It´s the Chicago way. Just a gentle reminder that you don´t ignore Obama. How long has it been since India threw a lavish state dinner and showered the first family with expensive and exotic gifts.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: watashiyo, 12/18/2013 2:44:49 PM     (No. 9659007)

Cavity search?! Ouch!!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tennman, 12/18/2013 3:00:43 PM     (No. 9659025)

India´s been a fairly reliable counter-weight to Pakistan. Guess we can´t have that - got to tick off friends to don knee-pads for those who hate us.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: shmowry1, 12/18/2013 3:04:16 PM     (No. 9659031)

She did not have full diplomatic immunity. She lied on a visa application,which like it or not, is a crime. The idea that this incident is an insult to all women in India, means that Indians sure have a short memory for the recent, and apparently continuing, bus rapes that happened in their country. Insult to all Indian women, no. Insult to India diplomatically, yes. A little heads up would be nice or diplomatic courtesy to deny the application and politely inform her that she might want to think about going back to India with her tail between her legs. It does seem to speak to how the current administration approaches international and diplomatic affairs, however. An apology is in order, but we may not have seen the last of this if the maid has some other damning info.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ocho reales, 12/18/2013 3:07:57 PM     (No. 9659039)

Whether she had diplomatic immunity or consular immunity is a mute point. She was an official of the Indian government serving in the US at the behest of her nation and she was entitled to all diplomatic protections afforded American diplomats in India. The fact that the State Department Security and then the US Marshalls Service were involved in this outrage is beyond comprehension. Both entities should have known better. Furthermore to subject her to a strip search and incarceration over a dispute related to payments to a maid is off the charts. The Indian government should expel all American diplomats from India immediately and demand nothing less than an apology for this incident from Barack Obama. Anyone who has ever served in a diplomatic capacity knows that immunity is a sacrosanct concept. I am beyond appalled that we did this to this woman.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ocho reales, 12/18/2013 3:15:02 PM     (No. 9659044)

Further to what # 10 said...If she lied on her visa application this is an official matter between the US government and the Indian government. It is not up to Diplomatic Security or the US Marshall´s Service to arrest her. If her offense is serious then she can be PNG´ed out of the US. I reiterate, diplomatic immunity is sacrosanct. You violate it at your peril. Every American dip in India right now is at risk because of this stupid act. It is inexcusable. Period! End of debate!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/18/2013 3:35:03 PM     (No. 9659068)

There are several gay US diplomats in India who have applied for and received companion visas for their partners. Under Indian law recently upheld by the country´s Supreme Court, homosexuality is crime punishable by 10 years imprisonment. Over 70% of the sovereign member states of the UN have similar laws.
What if the Indians decided to enforce THEIR law as selectively as we enforce our visa laws? This is already being discussed in India´s parliament.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tipover, 12/18/2013 7:25:59 PM     (No. 9659297)

The answers by the US Marshals Service that detained her were really flaky. Affirmative Action supervisors?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/18/2013 9:07:06 PM     (No. 9659429)

Why should the USA get involved with what an Indian diplomat is paying an Indian domestic servant attached to an Indian diplomatic mission that is located here as the result of a consular agreement between the Indian and US Governments? It seems like that should be something for the Indian courts and government to handle.

Anytime you arrest a foreign diplomat you can bet that it will eventually turn to crap, it is just that this case turned quicker than most.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/18/2013 9:16:38 PM     (No. 9659444)

The JD atty. that initiated this is a radical Muslim Indian, making a point by humiliating a member of the current Indian gov´t.

This is simply the Indian Muslim Brotherhood using the JD to attack a member of India´s current gov´t.

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