Indian diplomat to pay 1.5m to tortured maid


New York:  In a setback to an Indian diplomat accused of indulging
in "slavery" by her maid, a US judge has recommended that she be awarded
nearly USD 1.5 million for her "barbaric treatment" at the hands of her
employer. The proposed award includes USD 500,000 for the "emotional
distress" inflicted on Shanti Gurung by Neena Malhotra and her husband
Jogesh, The New York Post said.

Malhotra was then the Consul at
Consulate General of India here. The Malhotras clearly induced their
ex-maid to "work without pay by seizing her passport and visa, restricting
her ability to leave their apartment, and constantly warning her that if
she travelled on her own without their permission, she would be arrested,
beaten, raped and sent back to India as 'cargo'" Manhattan federal
Magistrate Judge Frank Maas was quoted as having written in his

His recommendations are subject to approval by
Judge Victor Marrero, who is overseeing the case, the daily said. Last
year, Marrero granted Gurung a default judgement against the Malhotras,
who returned to India before they could be served with their ex-maid's
suit that was filed in 2010, the report said. The External Affairs
Ministry in New Delhi had then said the media reports containing
allegations against the senior diplomat "do not appear to be in conformity
with facts".

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