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This week, a lawyer for an Indian diplomat asked a court in the United States to dismiss immigration and employment charges against her. Devyani Khobragade served as Deputy Counsel General at India's consulate in New York City. She is accused of making false statements when she sought permission to bring an Indian national to the US to serve as her housekeeper. She also is charged with paying the woman less than the lowest wage permitted under US law.
The case has angered a lot of people in India and led to anti-American demonstrations. The dispute began when US police arrested Ms. Khobragade last month after she dropped off her daughter at school. Police searched the 39-year-old diplomat for weapons possibly hidden inside her clothing. They forced her to wear handcuffs. Later, she was jailed in a room with drug suspects.
Ms. Khobragade was released after a court appearance.
The judge agreed to free the diplomat in exchange for her promise to return for trial and a bail payment of $250,000. Ms.Khobragade told the court she was not guilty of the charges. She is accused of paying the housekeeper less than two dollars an hour and making her work as many as 100 hours a week. In official documents, she promised to pay $4,500 in monthly wages to the housekeeper. Instead, the woman received only $537 a month.
Some Indians have described the diplomat's treatment by police as shameful. Salman Khurshid is India's Foreign Minister.
"We feel a very extreme level of distress in terms of human element that is involved."
Another official, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, cancelled his meeting with a five-member US congressional delegation.
But the diplomatic dispute did not end there. The Indian government asked the US embassy to withdraw one of its officers. It also removed security barriers from outside the embassy, ordered a suspension of some diplomatic activities, and took back airport passes.
An American law professor says India's government has overreacted. Thomas McDonnell teaches at Pace University Law School.
"The idea of removing the concrete barriers in front of our embassy that protect our ambassador and other officials from a terrorist attack seems extraordinarily out of proportion."
US officials say New York police followed standard rules in making the arrest. One question is whether Devyani Khobragade had special rights as a diplomat. But a State Department official said she did not have the top level of diplomatic immunity.
American media and other groups have been following the case. Jo Becker works for Human Rights Watch.
"The diplomat has been charged with a felony and there has been a big uproar over her treatment. But the controversy had completely overshadowed the exploitation of her employee and similar abuses against millions of domestic workers that happen worldwide every single day".
Ms. Becker noted that Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express regret over the incident. Yet US officials say the charges against Ms. Khobragade will not be dropped, and that she would face them if she returns.
And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
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1.The dispute began when US police arrested Ms. Khobragade last month after she dropped off her daughter at school.
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本周，印度外交官代表律师要求法庭驳回对其代理人的移民和雇工控罪。柯布拉加德(Devyani Khobragade)在印度驻纽约市领事馆担任副领事长 。她被指控申请获准带一名印度国籍公民来美国做保姆时谎报实情 。她还被控告向这名女子支付的薪资低于美国法律允许的最低工资 。
该案件激怒了印度许多人，导致反美示威活动。上月柯布拉加德(Devyani Khobragade)开车搭载女儿去学校时被美国警方逮捕，两国之间的争端由此开始 。警方对这名39岁的外交官进行了搜身，防止其在衣服中藏有武器 。他们强迫她戴上手铐 。随后，她和吸毒嫌疑人被关押在同一间囚室 。
法官准许释放这名外交官，条件是她承诺回来接受审判，并缴纳250,000美元的保释金。柯布拉加德(Devyani Khobragade)告诉法庭对她的控罪不成立 。她被指控支付给保姆的薪资低于每小时2美元，并让保姆每周工作时间高达100小时 。在官方文件中，她承诺支付给保姆每月4,500美元的薪资，而这名女子每月只收到537美元 。
一些印度人称这名外交官在警方那里的遭遇非常耻辱。萨尔曼·库尔希德(Salman Khurshid)是印度外交部长 。
另外一名官员，印度内政部长辛德(Sushil Kumar Shinde)取消了与美国国会5名成员组成的代表团的会晤。但是这次外交争端并未由此结束 。
一名美国法律教授表示，印度政府反应过度。Thomas McDonnell在佩斯大学法学院任教 。
美国官员表示，纽约警方的逮捕行为是遵守安全规定的。其中一个问题是，柯布拉加德(Devyani Khobragade)作为外交官是否享有特权 。但是国务院一位官员表示，她并不享受高水平的外交豁免权 。
美国媒体和其他团体都在关注该案件。Jo Becker在人权观察组织工作 。
Becker指出，国务卿约翰·克里致电印度一名高官，对该事件表示遗憾。然而，美国官员表示不会撤销对柯布拉加德(Devyani Khobragade)的控罪，她重返美国后将接受审判 。
以上就是今天的美国之音慢速学英语新闻报道。我是Steve Ember 。