India summoned Friday the US ambassador to New Delhi to protest the “humiliating” arrest of a top diplomat while dropping her children at school in New York, the foreign ministry said. Ambassador Nancy Powell was summoned to a meeting with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, the day after the detention of deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade, ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP. “We are shocked and appalled at the way she had been humiliated and this will be taken up forcefully with the US,” said Akbaruddin.
“She was pursuing her duties and is entitled to courtesies of a serving diplomat. “This kind of behaviour against the Indian diplomat, a young woman with two children is entirely unacceptable.” Indian media reports said that the New York-based Khobragade was arrested and handcuffed in public for allegedly lying on the US visa application for an Indian national who worked for her as a domestic help. The Indian embassy in Washington said the detention was based on “allegations raised by the officer’s former India-based domestic assistant”
Source: Recorder Report