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Post time 2013-12-20 16:22:39 |Display all floors
symondsez Post time: 2013-12-20 16:17
her salary is USD4120 , how can you expect her to pay USD 4500 to the maid?......

Cannot afford?

Then don't have one lah............

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Post time 2013-12-20 17:19:01 |Display all floors
India-US diplomat row: The Devyani Khobragade case looks all maid up
Why did the US grant visas to Sangeeta Richard's family and fly them out to the US two days before Devyani was arrested?

Questions are being asked. Like, why is the United States of America, India’s so-called friend, putting all its might behind maid-in-absence Sangeeta Richard? Why did the US grant visas to her husband and children and fly them out to the US two days before Devyani Khobragade was arrested in full public glare and strip searched?

Why has the “inconsequential maid” become so important for the US? According to the US, she remains untraceable, if so, on what grounds were the husband and children granted visas, and on whose application? These and other questions hover, unanswered. For example, isn’t it a fact that Sangeeta’s  husband and children flew to the US the same day they got their hands on the US visas? Where was the hurry? And, isn’t it a fact that Sangeeta’s father-in-law is in the staff of the US embassy in New Delhi?

The US argument that the attorney general’s office was only obeying the law of the land does not hold water. Fresh details coming in suggest that the US State Department, the US embassy in India and the US Immigration Bureau as well as the New York security establishment were protecting Sangeeta Richard while going all out to “teach the diplomat a lesson”’.

On Wednesday, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told Parliament that there was a conspiracy behind Devyani’s arrest, and humiliation. Later, when asked to explain by the media, he said that such behaviour can only be “conspiracy” or “irrational”.

Diplomatic circles were abuzz with talk that Sangeeta might have been passing on vital information to the US. “Granting visas to Sangeeta Richard’s husband and children just two days prior to Devyani’s arrest goes to confirm such fears. Sangeeta’s husband Philip and children left for the US on the same day they got the visas, which was on December 10,” top government sources told dna.

Meanwhile, India has accused the US of immigration fraud because it granted visas to Sangeeta’s family members even as Sangeeta remains mysteriously untraceable. The timing also coincided with foreign secretary Sujatha Singh’s visit to the US. “If US visas have been granted to the maid’s family members, how can they keep parroting that the maid remains untraceable?” a top official asked.

India had lodged a complaint with the New York police way back in June that Sangeeta was absconding but the New York police sat on the complaint and did nothing. “The US did not respond to repeated requests to help find Sangeeta when Khobragade was arrested. India also asked the American embassy to help find Ms Richard way back on July 5,” sources said.

Richard, who remains in hiding, reportedly met an immigration lawyer in the US in September and asked that Sangeeta should pay her $10,000 and that she be given documents to stay on in the US. On September 21, the Delhi High Court passed an injunction against Richard restraining her lodging cases against Khobragade outside India, which India shared with the US Embassy.

In case the US doesn’t reply satisfactorily to all questions, the government of India may move ahead to prosecute visa officers at the US embassy in Delhi. The case clearly seems to be an attempt to compromise and trap Devyani Khobragade, sources said. Devyani had confided in India’s ambassador to the US that to pre-empt action against Sangeeta Richard an exercise to discredit her (Devyani) may take place.


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Post time 2013-12-20 17:19:37 |Display all floors
Fast Track Green Card

There seems little doubt that Sangeeta is cooperating fully with the U.S. law enforcement authorities in assisting the investigation and providing evidence to support her charges of being abused by Devyani Khobragade by way of not being paid the U.S. legal minimum wages.

In exchange for her cooperation, Sangeeta and her family have been provided T Non-immigrant Visas as the first step toward issuing them U.S. Green Cards.

U.S. Congress created T Visas in October 2000 to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and offer protection to alleged victims like Sangeeta.

What to me seems weird is that Sangeeta Richard is seen by U.S. authorities as a victim of human trafficking although she willingly came to the U.S. knowing that she would be paid a lower wage, if the charges against Devyani filed in court by U.S. authorities are correct.

Usually T Visa holders must wait for three years to file for a Green Card.

But if the U.S. Attorney General certifies that the investigation is complete then the Green Card application may be filed early.

In Sangeeta’s case, the investigation into Devyani’s alleged crimes is likely to be completed soon and she should be able to quickly file a Green Card petition after getting clearance from the U.S. Attorney General’s office.

Expect Sangeeta and her family to be U.S. Permanent Residents (correct name for Green Card holders) in two years or less. This is pretty fast considering it can take 5-10 years for Indian software programmers before they can get Green Cards.

Sangeeta Richard, her husband Philip and two children are appropriate recipients for the Green Cards.

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Post time 2013-12-20 17:21:55 |Display all floors
I don't understand the concept of US immigration laws. The maid who left India had agreed to the pay and her husband and kids lived in India and not in US. On which account did US grant them T immigrant visa to her husband and children and neither of them lived in US. And she left India with her whole family just 2 days before the arrest of the diplomat. Seems like everything is premeditated.

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Post time 2013-12-20 17:22:33 |Display all floors
This post was edited by manoj10 at 2013-12-20 14:23

Indian government had cancelled the passport of the maid and her family. By international law, they must be deported back to India.  But the US now says it had lost track of the maid and her family. Really ? Lying through the teeth ?. The maid seem to have blackmailed the diplomat for a whole summer.

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Post time 2013-12-20 17:31:34 |Display all floors
sansukong, agrees with slavery.
Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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Post time 2013-12-20 17:32:39 |Display all floors
jay_dee Post time: 2013-12-20 08:57
Funny how they are more inclined to defend a criminal in the US rather than help their own people in ...

sansukong, all for slavery and rape. read the thread
Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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