|Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was strip-searched while in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service last week.|
This is America. We have laws in this country, okay?
The Indian government as a whole, along with various Indian politicians, have gotten their collective panties in a bunch about the treatment of Indian lady diplomat Devyani Khobragade after her arrest by the United States Marshals Service on December 12.
Her treatment during detainment was "despicable and barbaric," thundered Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, in one of that government's less hysterical statements to the press. Yashwant Sinha, the former Indian finance minister, suggested India should arrest the same-sex partners of U.S. diplomats, since gay people are illegal in forward-thinking India.
Worst of all, construction teams took down the cement security barrier outside of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. That's bad. You don't take down American security barriers. If history has taught us anything, it's that people - terrorists I should say - are constantly trying to drive truck bombs into American embassies.
So what happened to set off this diplomatic brouhaha?
Simple. Devyani Khobragade broke the law. "Women's advocate" Devyani was bringing in a domestic servant from India. She claimed on the visa application that she was going to pay the woman $9.75 an hour, when in fact she planned to pay the woman $3.31 an hour, less than half the already painfully low minimum wage in this country.
Devyani was charged with one count of visa fraud and one count of making false statements. But in essence, she's charged with human trafficking, and it was the Justice Department's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit that handled much of the investigation.
See? What was happening was that Devyani planned to keep a slave at her house. I guess she didn't realize that we don't have a caste system here in the United States. We don't keep slaves in our homes. She didn't realize it, so she found out the hard way.
And that's where the diplomatic train went off the rails. When Devyani was arrested, she was strip-searched by the U.S. Marshals. Let's take a look at the evidence:
|Devyani Khobragade, human trafficker.|
Take one glance at the photograph above. If you were a U.S. Marshal, and this... exotic creature, let's say... were suddenly in your custody, you would want to get those clothes off, too. I mean, you don't know what's under the hood until you pop it open, right?
The woman is a criminal. She's coming into your jail. She's already trafficking in humans. She could be trafficking in other things, as well. Better take a look-see, you know what I'm saying? Poke around a little.
Despite the shit storm of criticism, the U.S. Marshals Service is standing firm. Rock hard, in fact. Khobragade was handled “in accordance with USMS Policy Directives and Protocols,” they said in a statement.