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Devyani Khobragade given diplomatic immunity after India protests

Wednesday, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was given full diplomatic immunity by the U.S. government; the news came after Devyani Khobragade was arrested last week, strip-searched and put in jail and the Indian government made numerous protests about how she was treated, according to Time.

Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that she was treated deplorably by the U.S. and he said they would do anything to bring her back to India; he said it was his own personal responsibility to do this.

Devyani Khobragade was arrested on December 12 for allegedly submitting false documents for her housekeeper and not paying the housekeeper a minimum wage, according to Time.

Devyani Khobragade had some diplomatic immunity rights, but could still be arrested. The U.S. government has not apologized for the treatment of Devyani Khobragade, but by moving her to the United Nations in New York, they have given her full diplomatic immunity. The U.S. has said that they are reviewing the circumstances surrounding her arrest, according to NDTV.

Devyani Khobragade, 39, is the Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate in New York and she was dropping her daughter off at school last week and was arrested and handcuffed on the street in New York.

News spread quickly that Devyani Khobragade allegedly was strip-searched, cavity-searched, her DNA was taken and she was placed in a jail cell with criminals. In response, India immediately withdrew some of the privileges of American diplomats in Delhi, according to NDTV.

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