Devyani Khobragade row: Twitter reacts as strongly as the government

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 6:08pm IST | Agency: DNA Web Team
Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family that leads India's ruling Congress party, both declined to meet the U.S. delegation.

Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested last week for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa fraud to get her into the United States. Khobragade was handcuffed upon arrest and strip-searched before being released on bail, Indian media said. Khobragade, who was released on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charges and surrendering her passport, faces a maximum of 15 years in jail if convicted on both counts. U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday said diplomatic security staff followed standard procedures during the arrest and then handed her over to the U.S. Marshals. The arrest triggered fierce debate in India, with opinion divided over whether Khobragade was unfairly treated or whether she should be condemned for mistreating her domestic helper.

Twitter however, has mixed reactions. Some thought it was outright appalling behaviour from US' part while some thought the whole idea was overrated.


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