|Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general(Photo: Mohammed Jaffer, AP)|
Prosecutor says strip search of India diplomat 'standard'
Oren Dorell, USA TODAY 10:34 p.m. EST December 18, 2013
AP India US Diplomat Arrest
Indian diplomat says she was subjected her to a strip-search, cavity-search and DNA swabbing
The case has sparked widespread outrage in India and infuriated the government
Indian diplomat was arrested on visa charges in New York City
The arrest of a low-level diplomat from India over maid pay in New York has spun into an international incident that is threatening relations between the United States and a longtime ally.
Secretary of State John Kerry called a cabinet official in New Delhi on Wednesday to express regret over the arrest of India deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade, who was stripped- and cavity-searched during her arrest on charges that she didn't pay her housekeeper enough money.
The India government reacted with outrage, going so far as to remove security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and canceling duty-free liquor deliveries to the embassy.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the diplomat's treatment as "deplorable" and protests have broken out in India.
"We don't want this to negatively impact our bilateral relationship (with India), and we'll keep talking about it with them on the ground and here," said Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman at the State Department.
Khobragade said the U.S. Marshals Service subjected her to an intrusive search and DNA swabbing following her arrest last week outside her daughter's Manhattan school on visa charges despite her "incessant assertions of immunity."