Thursday, December 19, 2013

India to USA: Let Us Abuse Our Citizens

I'd like to give a HUGE GFY to India's government on the whole arresting-a-consular-officer thing.  Why?

  • “The worst that can be said about her is that she did not comply with the amounts that was supposed to be paid under your law. I don’t think that justifies treating her like a common criminal” according to India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.  Guess what, asshat? Acting like a common criminal justifies being treated like one.
  • The rights of the maid's family are not equal to those of the officer: “I don’t think they are so valuable to our relationship as a diplomatic officer of the government of India.” So, your government thinks that its officers can break employment laws, even when it harms YOUR citizens?
  • The Indian government was warned in SEPTEMBER about this -- more than two months before the arrest. They did nothing because they “didn’t expect this could happen.” This is the 3rd time since 2010 that Indian government employees have been busted for the same type of law -- and they didn't change their behavior. Will you "expect it to happen" next time?
Thanks to the NY Times for the info!

And anyone in India that is offended by the treatment of the woman arrested, are you also offended by her breaking the law to underpay one of your citizens?  I didn't think so.  You stay classy, India

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