"We won't accept any formality and America will have to drop charges and apologise. We will not accept this mockery," Nath said.

"America needs to understand that the time has changed, the world has changed and so has India," he added, while reacting to US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf's statement that the charges against Khobragade won't be dropped.


We were frightened, says Indian domestic worker’s family
No apology or withdrawal of charges against Indian diplomat: US

The 39-year-old Deputy Consul General in New York was strip-searched, cavity-searched and swabbed for DNA after her arrest in New York last week on charges of visa fraud and under-paying her maid. She was confined with criminals before being released on a USD 250,000 bail.

Following the incident, India accused US of humiliating its consular official and violation of rights laid out by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR). India was adamant that US apologise and admit its mistake.

US has regretted the incident but no formal apology has been issued.


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