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Indian Feminist Diplomat arrested for visa fraud and paying low wages to domestic help.

It is a myth that empowered women are sympathetic to poor women. More women CEOs, Presidents or diplomats will in no way change the condition of poor women, just the way more male CEOs or Presidents do not make any difference to poor homeless men.

US Government followed its law and arrested Deputy Consul General of India at New York Devyani Khobragade for alleged Visa fraud, and for lying to the government, as she paid only $3.31 per hour to her Indian maid, much less than what is legally permissible in New York. She was strip searched as per standard procedures. Now, India’s Home Minister Sushil Shinde has gone crazy. India summoned US ambassador at New Delhi Nancy Powell to protest.

It is to be noted that India openly violates International Conventions and US laws by refusing to return US Citizen Children, who are illegally taken to India by one of the parents violating custody orders of US Courts. FBI lists this crime as parental kidnapping.

For example, if an Indian woman is married to an American citizen and the child is born in US, then, she cannot just fly to India carrying the child during a marital dispute as the child belongs to both parents and the child is a citizen of USA by birth. Only courts in the US have the right to decide about custody arrangements and well-being of a child since that child is a US citizen. International Conventions like tge Hague Convention on this issue are very clear about it. The Indian Government violates these conventions openly, while it criticizes US Government for doing what is legal in their own country in this issue of low wages to maid.

It is to be noted that Indian Government and its police subject its own citizens including women to worst form of humiliation and harassment in false dowry cases or what is known as false cases of section 498a. Now, the same India is complaining when US Govt arrested this Indian woman for Visa fraud.

Devayani Khobragade is a women’s rights activist and if she has employed a servant to work in her house full time for such a low wage then it is almost like modern day slavery. It also underscores the point that modern Indian working women are used to paying low wages to female servants in India. This is due to huge rich-poor gap in India. A working woman in America cannot afford such luxuries of employing full time servants. When these Indian women migrate to USA or work in USA with a Green Card etc, they think of getting a servant (often a poor woman) from India to work in their home in US, because these poor women are much cheaper than a domestic help of American origin.

Huffington Post Reports (link):

According to an employment contract obtained by NDTV, the nanny — an Indian national named Sangeeta Richard — was supposed to be paid $4,500 per month (as stated in her U.S. visa), but Khobragade later changed the salary to $537 a month. Prosecutors say this means Khobragade provided false documents to the U.S. government and committed visa fraud. Khobragade’s lawyers are arguing that since she earns only $4,000 monthly, she paid the nanny what she could afford, NDTV reports.

The Indian women employing such low-wage servants may even feel that she is being noble and generous for providing free food and accommodation in a developed country to the poor Indian woman. However, the poor servant has to live in US with literally no rights, as she is given very low wages. Furthermore, she cannot walk out of house in that alien land, if she is discriminated against or abused by her “employer.”

Recently, the wife of a member of Indian Parliament is arrested for murdering her servant. Abuse of servants by Indian women whether in India or in middle-east, where there is significant Indian population, is regular news.

Times of India Reports (link):

The wife of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) parliamentarian was arrested Tuesday for allegedly torturing her maid to death and beating another minor servant with sticks and rods, police said.  Jagriti Singh, wife of Dhananjay Singh, who represents Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Tuesday and booked under the sections of murder, attempt to murder and the Juvenile Justice Act for beating and torturing her maid Rakhi (35) and Rampal (17) for days.

At this point of time, the Indian Government should try to educate privileged Indian women to stop treating fellow women as slaves, and give detailed guidelines to Indian women in US or middle-east who are hiring these poor women as domestic servants. Instead of doing that the Indian Government is raking up the issue of strip-search of a diplomat and trying to mislead the people in India. This is election year and the ruling Congress Party’s Government wants to show to Indian people that as far as dignity of its women are concerned, India can take on world’s no. 1 super power.

The security and barricades around US embassy at New Delhi are reduced and the Government has asked the diplomatic staff and their family members to surrender their special id cards. Some politicians have gone to the extent of threatening to imprison the same-sex partners of US diplomatic staff by saying that homosexuality is illegal in India and by living with same sex partners, the US diplomatic staff have violated the law of the land.

It is to be noted that the Indian Government and Indian police treat their own citizens in the worst possible manner. Recently, the 60 year old mother of a Men’s Rights Activist was detained in a police station in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu for more than 9 hours, and she was used as a hostage to threaten the activist and his old father.

In 2012, more than 47,000 women were arrested without evidence or investigation by Indian police under section 498a of Indian Penal code. They are presumed guilty until proven innocent. The reason for these arrests is to facilitate blackmailing of the women’s male relatives, including their sons or brothers, by police and the wife’s relatives.

In Delhi’s “crime against women” cells, the Indian Government and judiciary openly facilitate blackmailing and extortion of husbands and their female family members to facilitate out-of-court settlements in marital disputes under the threats of arrests of husband and his family members in false cases of section 498a. When civil courts or family courts exist for settling marital disputes and for deciding alimony or out of court settlements, the Indian Government uses its police and bogus criminal laws to indulge in illegal activity and extortion of its citizens including humiliating female members of husband’s family.

The speaker of Indian Parliament, Meira Kumar has openly come out in support of such laws and procedures.

Now, the same Indian Government and media are claiming that the servant of this Indian diplomat blackmailed her for a compensation of $10,000 and facilitation of a special US VISA which would have helped her live in US.

Times of India reports (link):

July 8: Khobragade, who had also filed a complaint of theft against the maid, is called to an immigration lawyer’s office where she is asked by the maid to shell out $10,000, convert her official passport into an ordinary one and help with her visa which would allow her to live in the US. Angered by these tactics, India revokes her passport. She was now living illegally in the US. 

About Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar is an Engineer and Artificial Intelligence scientist. He became so frustrated with stupidity of sociologists that he decided to become a social researcher himself. He is one of the founders of modern men's movement in India and he is associated with many Men's Rights NGOs. He has been invited by Indian Parliamentary Committees several times to speak about amendments to domestic violence and divorce laws. He is also founder of India's first Men's Rights Research and Community Center at Bangalore.

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  • James Williams

    It is well documented that when Leftist individuals get to power, many will behave with arrogance and distain for their subordinates. In effect they become the new elite ruling class with no more regard for their subjects than those they displaced. Feminists in power soon come to show their true colours. Their hypocrisy is exposed to reveal they are about No.1 first and last. They feel they deserve the privileges they have acquired on the broken backs of others. They have ‘earned it’.

    • Partridge

      By ‘leftist’ I presume you mean politically left-leaning. But, as you have indicated, as many conservative right-wingers have behaved with arrogance and disdain for their subordinates (which is also well-documented) so I’m sure you do not intend to imply that it’s simply a leftist problem. And there are many people on both the left and the right who do not behave in this manner. This is not really a left-right issue. It’s about the darker side of human nature, of many people’s selfish desire for power and control and self-aggrandizement for its own sake, manifested in various hierarchical structures; for those on the right, in capitalist private enterprise and informal society, and for those on the left (where feminism has its roots) under control of the state. Thus we see the effects of feminist ideology and advocacy in areas such as government, academia and law.

    • Jotty

      As Partridge pointed out, this is true of all authoritarian personality types, not just “leftists”. It seems to be something that people who engage in magical/religious thinking are especially prone to — and feminism is just a new religion.

  • Partridge

    International treaties provide diplomatic immunity. When an employer is a diplomat, the employee is in a legal limbo where the laws of neither the host country nor the diplomat’s country are enforceable, so that an abusive diplomat employer can act with virtual impunity, and even an arrest and strip search is questionable. If Khobragade is a diplomat she will be immune to prosecution but can be ordered to leave the country. In today’s world such abuses by foreign employers of their domestic staff happen more often than in the past, and, where diplomats are involved, is a problem which needs to be addressed jointly by the world’s governments.

    • Astrokid

      Only certain diplomats have ‘criminal immunity’.
      Indian diplomat arrested, strip-searched: Does she have immunity?

      Members of consular posts, such as Khobragade at the time of her arrest, do not have the same level of immunity as those who work at diplomatic missions.
      Consular officers have some immunity involving official acts, but their “personal inviolability” is “quite limited,” the document says. They may be arrested and detained for alleged felonies, and may be prosecuted for misdemeanors. Their families have no immunity of any kind.

      She is Consular officer. If you look at the embedded document in the above article, it is very clear she doesnt have ‘criminal immunity.’

      • Partridge

        Thanks for pointing that out; I missed it. But the main point is that surely the Indian Government should know all this.

        As to the India Today article (see the link in the Sudhulika Sanghi post below), though apparently informative, it proves nothing except that an ostensibly bad employer’s treatment of her employee degenerated into a personal battle between the two women, though if either of them can be called to account for any wrong-doing under the law, they should be made to do so. And for this the Indian Government should have no cause for complaint.

  • MrScruffles

    -This is election year and the ruling Congress Party’s Government wants to show to Indian people that as far as dignity of its women are concerned, India can take on world’s no. 1 super power.

    “We won’t let those filthy Americans abuse our women like that! That’s our job!”

  • farkennel

    Only in feminism can a well to do business woman call a poverty stricken charwoman an “international sister” and not be thought of as a fool.This Indian harridan is evidence of what they truly think of their sisters who have no actual power or influence.

  • Sudhulika Sanghi

    You are so full of shit Anil Kumar. Please refrain from making public statements before you know the entire truth. I don’t know either, but here’s another side of the story that has been published by people who know better:
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/devyani-khobragade-case-visa-issue-indian-diplomat-arrest/1/331838.html

    So a “feminist” is arrested and therefore you’ll only publish the side of the story that paints a darker picture of her character!? Exactly how much do you know anyway? To your comments about how Indian government treats their native citizens worse than the diplomats, doesn’t the same happen in US, where diplomats can get away even with alleged murder cases without even a hearing in the countries where those crimes have been committed? So, what is your point? Since when has this become a myth that empowered women are sympathetic to poor women? For all I know, I’ve mostly heard of women actually being the worst enemies of fellow women, more so in India.

    In one of your earlier posts (http://www.avoiceformen.com/updates/news-updates/indias-sexually-repressive-society-and-gangrapes/) you mentioned:
    “A young woman was allegedly raped by five men in a dilapidated industrial mill, in Mumbai. Why did she force her male friend to accompany her into it in the evening, when working men around the area do not dare to venture into it even during the day time?”
    How do you make the conclusion that it was actually the woman who “forced” her male friend to accompany her into the mill in the evening, and not the other way round?

    In another one of your posts (http://www.avoiceformen.com/updates/news-updates/indian-girl-uses-acid-for-revenge/) you mention:
    “The paranoid Western people think of helping out without realizing that with 1.5 billion people living in South Asia, some 500 cases in a year are miniscule.”
    So 500 cases of acid attacks in a year against women don’t deserve any attention in your opinion, but the single case of a man being falsely accused of acid attack by a woman deserves all the hoopla?

    I repeat, you’re just full of shit!

    • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

      We accept criticism here, but personal attacks on authors are out of bounds. I’m going to let this slide but if you continue with personal attacks rather than rational arguments you will be banned. This is your only warning.

      • Sudhulika Sanghi

        Hi Dean

        Thank you for a polite warning. Just wanted to make sure if this apply only to authors or to other people visiting this website and commenting as well? With reference to (http://www.avoiceformen.com/misandry/a-passage-from-india/):
        “Paul Elam says
        January 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Hi Brian,

        Well […] Just maybe though, you’re full of shit and don’t know what you are talking about.”

        “dhanu says
        January 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        I answered […] You do the same or fuck off. […] You’re a fembot, which means you’re literally too stupid to waste any more time on. Moron.”

        Anyway, I don’t take any pleasure in personal attacks and will refrain from it. As a moderator, I suppose it’s your responsibility to spread the message equally!

      • Sudhulika Sanghi

        Hi Dean

        Thank you for a polite warning. Just wanted to make sure if this apply only to authors or to other people visiting this website and commenting as well? With reference to (http://www.avoiceformen.com/misandry/a-passage-from-india/):
        “Paul Elam says
        January 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Hi Brian,

        Well […] Just maybe though, you’re full of shit and don’t know what you are talking about.”

        “dhanu says
        January 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        I answered […] You do the same or fuck off. […] You’re a fembot, which means you’re literally too stupid to waste any more time on. Moron.”

        Anyway, I don’t take any pleasure in personal attacks and will refrain from it. As a moderator, I suppose it’s your responsibility to spread the message equally!

    • Anil Kumar

      Sadhulika,

      I have not claimed that I know entire truth. Just the way you quote half truth or other perspective of India Today, just the same way I have expressed a perspective. I have not stopped others from expressing their perspectives as I believe in free speech.

      No doubt, you are angry. I will stop making public statements before I know entire truth, when the International Media, Feminists and politicians also follow the same principle. I think, you are selfish and intolerant here, if you want only me to follow this principle, while you show your inability to make any such demands from politicians, Govts and Media.

      If you believe that politicians, Govts, feminists and Media find out about whole truth before making claims, then you are either incompetent, irrational or you are simply suffering from regular bouts of intolerance.

    • Chibiabos

      AVFM is not a news web sight. They are in tilted to there own interposition of the story. They are not required or obligated in any way to objectivity tell bolt sides of the story (Just like the rest of the Internet). The responsibility falls on the reader to believe or disbelieve what they read. Refraining from making public statements tell the entire truth is known is censorship. Because the truth is subjective.
      You don’t like Anil Kumar. Witch is fine you have that right. But you are just nitpicking and complaining because he does not see things you way. Just like a little kid throws a temper tantrum because he does not get what he wants.

  • Seele

    Another case that refutes the assertion that feminism was a grassroot movement that started from the lowest classes?