Wednesday, 27 March, 2019

India trims perks for U.S. staff in dispute over envoy’s New York arrest

By Shyamantha Asokan and Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India took retaliatory measures against the United States on Wednesday in a dispute over an Indian diplomat who complained of being stripped and forced to undergo “cavity searches” while in U.S. detention. The measures included a revision of work conditions of Indians employed at U.S. consulates and a freeze on the import of duty-free alcohol. Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York, was arrested on December 12 on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper, an Indian national. India has responded furiously to what it considers the degrading treatment of a senior diplomat by the United States, a country it sees as a close friend.

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