Written by Bella Dalima
20 Dec, 2013 | 7:10 pm
The US will not drop charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the State Department has said after her arrest last week led to a huge diplomatic row. Khobragade was arrested in New York on suspicion of visa fraud and making false statements, after being accused of underpaying her Indian maid.
She has denied all the charges and was later released on bail. India has demanded an apology from the US over her alleged “humiliation”.
Khobragade was handcuffed and strip-searched last Thursday after a complaint from her maid, Sangeeta Richard. She has in turn accused Richard of theft and attempting to blackmail her.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his “regret” over the incident, but a government minister on Thursday said that was not enough and that the US must apologise and admit it had made a mistake.
Delhi has ordered a series of reprisals against the US. Security barricades around the US Embassy in the city were removed and a visiting US delegation was snubbed by senior Indian politicians and officials.
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