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Indian diplomat tells of anguish at leaving US without children

Published on Jan 12, 2014 4:01 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States told on Sunday of her "immense stress" at leaving behind her young family in New York, and vowed to clear her name.

Indian consulate official Devyani Khobragade was allowed to leave the United States on Friday after a month-long dispute over her arrest and strip-search on suspicion of visa fraud involving her domestic servant.

Khobragade was granted full diplomatic immunity and allowed to fly back to India - just hours after charges were filed in court alleging she lodged false documents to obtain a visa for her servant and then underpaid her.

Khobragade, 39, told an Indian newspaper of her anguish at leaving behind her daughters, aged seven and four, in New York along with her husband, a US citizen, who works as an academic.

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