An Indian diplomat said she faced repeated “handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches” following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges in a case that has infuriated the government in New Delhi.
In an email published in India media on Wednesday, Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, said she was treated like a common criminal despite her “incessant assertions of immunity.”
“I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, in a holdup with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity,” she wrote.
An Indian official with direct knowledge of the case confirmed to The Associated Press that the email was authentic. The official spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the case. He said India is trying to get the woman returned home.