Detained Diplomat Complains About Treatment in U.S. Custody

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Detained Diplomat Complains About Treatment in U.S. Custody
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Voice Of America

An Indian diplomat arrested in the United States last week says she faced repeated handcuffing and cavity searches while being held on visa fraud charges in New York City, fueling a diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and India.

In an email published in Indian media Wednesday, deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade, said she broke down in tears multiple times while undergoing cavity searches and other indignities. She said she was also held in a space with common criminals and drug addicts despite her repeated assertions that she had diplomatic immunity.

India has reacted with outrage to Khobragade's arrest. Supporters of a small opposition party staged an anti-U.S. protest in New Delhi on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Indian authorities asked U.S. consular officers to return their identity cards, rescinded airport passes and removed concrete security barriers from in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

The U.S. State Department has told India it does not want the incident to affect diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Devyani Khobargarde (cavity free?)

She looks rather suspicious. In my jail, an hourly cavity search would be required!

You can't be too careful.

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