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We will neither apologise nor take back charges against Devyani Khobragade: United States
Devyani Khobragade's case got a new twist when the United States ruled out to submit to either of the two demands made by the Indian Government, that are withdrawal of charges against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade, and an apology for mistreatment, after her arrest in New York last week.

The state Department spokesperson Marie Harf has cleared it, and said that they will be taking the allocations very seriously. And for them its a law enforcement issue. She also cleared that Khobragade would go 'scott free' and US courts will not be asked to drop the charges.

She said that the US informs annually to every country having diplomats there through diplomatic notes about “obligations they have for their staffs when they bring them to the United States,” reported Hindustan Times.

This report was released after the telephonic conversation between Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, and India's Foreign Secretary, Sujatha Singh.

On the other hand, agitated External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that what Americans have done to Devyani Khobragade is "unacceptable" and asks why US couldn't just talk to India if there was any discordance between the laws of the two nations.

Khurshid had said in the Parliament that either he would get justice for Devyani or he would not enter the house ever. However with the United states now denying to fulfil India's demand, the situation has become very critical.  

Meanwhile father of Devyani, a retired IAS officer himself, Uttam Khobragade has said that he will go on hunger strike if justice was not done to his daughter. He asked to withdraw all the charges against his daughter.

Uttam Khobragade spoke to the media on Thursday and said, “Prime minister Manmohan Singh should talk to US president Barack Obama and resolve the issue as early as possible. If nothing happens, I will sit on fast-unto-death.”

He also termed Devyani's arrest as a part of larger conspiracy and the charges on her daughter to be false and fabricated.

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Why should US take back charges against Devyani when she is guilty of underpaying her maid. According to Times of India, anger and bitterness is still running high in the Indian Foreign Service, which closed ranks behind its young colleague who continues to face charges of visa fraud and misrepresentation in connection with bringing a housekeeper to the United States, because admission of culpability will put in dock many Indian diplomats and officials who use a model similar to what Khobragade did to hire what in MEA parlance are called IBDAs ( India-based domestic assistants) who work as housekeepers, nannies, cooks etc on postings abroad. At the heart of the dispute now is who gets to decide fair wages for the IBDAs — the host country or the home country — and what constitutes fair wages, particularly when the IBDAs are taken abroad on an official passport at government expense, stay in-house with the officials, and receive perks such as medical care, home leave etc. Washington insists that the wages should meet US legal requirements for minimum wages ($9.75 an hour in New York), the perks cannot be monetized, and that Devyani Khobragade reneged on paying minimum wages that after committing to it in the visa application of her IBDA Sangeeta Richard. Also at stake is the primacy of the respective country's legal and judicial system, a debate that Bharara inflamed with his statement that New Delhi saw as disrespectful of its due process. So, clearly Devayani is guilty of breaking US law.
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