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India angry over treatment of diplomat in New York

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 3:01pm  ET

NEW DELHI (AP) -- There's anger in India's capital of New Delhi today, over the U.S. treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.

The diplomat says she was subjected to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing after her arrest on visa charges. She's accused of lying on a visa application about how much she paid her housekeeper -- an Indian national -- who prosecutors say received less than $3 an hour.

In an email published in India's media today, the diplomat says she was treated like a common criminal.

In response, Indian police have removed traffic barricades that had been put near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi as a safety measure. Indian officials are also demanding to know the salaries paid to Indian staff in U.S. Embassy households. And they're blocking the commissary at the U.S. Embassy from importing alcohol and food.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that the woman was strip-searched before being placed in a cell with other female defendants. It says that's standard procedure.

The U.S. State Department says the Indian diplomat doesn't have full diplomatic immunity. Instead, she has consular immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts only with respect to acts performed in connection with consular functions.

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035-w-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Daniel Arshack, attorney for arrested Indian diplomat)--The arrest of an India's deputy consul general in New York has opened a rift between Washington and New Delhi. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (18 Dec 2013)

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077-a-13-(Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokeswoman, at briefing Tuesday)-"facilities as well"-State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says the U.S. had made it clear to the Indian government that it needs to uphold its obligations under the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations. (18 Dec 2013)

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074-a-14-(Daniel Arshack, attorney for arrested Indian diplomat, in AP interview Tuesday)-"expect complete vindication"-Attorney Daniel Arshack, who represents the arrested diplomat, says the arrest makes no sense. (18 Dec 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Police officer stops a group of people outside the US consulate, protesting against the arrest in New York of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, Hyderabad, India, graphic element on gray (18 Dec 2013)

APPHOTO DEL156: This Dec. 8, 2013 photo shows Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, during the India Studies Stony Brook University fund raiser event at Long Island, New York. The Indian diplomat said U.S. authorities subjected her to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing following her arrest on visa charges in New York City, despite her "incessant assertions of immunity." The case has sparked widespread outrage in India and infuriated the government, which revoked privileges for U.S. diplomats to protest her treatment. (AP Photo/Mohammed Jaffer) (12 Aug 2012)

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