The people of India represent an important force for democracy in Asia, but there are also troubling aspects of this nation which have yet to be addressed. For too long, the upper classes of India have behaved in the same ruthless manner to poor people as found among the wealthy people of the United States of America. Women have been gang raped in India or forced to marry against their wishes, and everything is excused on the basis of “tradition.” A recent case in America led to anti-American riots in India. Devyani Khobragade, India counsel general in New York City was charged with abusing her maid. She had informed immigration officials that she was paying her maid $4,500 a month when applying for a visa to bring the maid in from India. It turned out the maid was working a 16 hour day and receiving the wonderful sum of $3 an hour!
Ms. Khobragade was arrested for abusing her maid. She WAS stripped searched and treated like an American common criminal. This led to anti-American riots in India and denial of basic diplomatic treatment. Diplomats can park where they desire, do what they desire and no one can touch their bodies. The government of India made clear, “there was only one victim in this case, Devyani Khobragade,”
Frankly, foreign diplomats all too often traffic in maids who are brought into America and treated like dirt. It is time India began to behave like the great nation it should become. RESPECT YOUR WOMEN!!