India diplomat 'broke down' after US strip search arrest
NEW DELHI (AFP) - A female Indian diplomat at the centre of a row with the US over her arrest in New York has revealed how she broke down after enduring "repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches".
Ms Devyani Khobragade was arrested last Thursday as she dropped her children at school, sparking fury in India, which branded the incident humiliating and prompting reprisals against US officials in India.
In an email to colleagues, Ms Khobragade said she repeatedly told arresting authorities that she had diplomatic immunity only to suffer repeated searches as well as being jailed with "common criminals".
"I must admit that I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, in a hold up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity," she said in the email published on the Times of India's website on Wednesday.