New York: Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General in New York has been accused of treating a former domestic help as a slave and making sexual advances towards her , a charge which has been rejected by Dayal as a "complete nonsense"

Santosh Bhardwaj, Dayal's former maid, has filed a forced labour-suit against him for making her work for long hours every day at USD 300 a month, confiscating her passport and letting her sleep in a storage closet. She has also alleged him of making sexual advances towards her.

"I filed the complaint because I want to be paid for all the labour I provided and for all the injustice I suffered - and I want my passport returned," Bhardwaj (45), the mother of four children, said.

"The Dayals did not treat me fairly," she said in a statement issued by the Legal Aid Society, which is representing her.

Dayal, however, has rubbished the charges against him as "Complete nonsense. These are mischievous and malicious lies," he said.

Bhardwaj said she was lured to the US with a promise of an hourly pay of USD 10 including  overtime . However, the truth was that  her payment was less than USD 1 an hour.They even comfiscated  her passport .

She also alleged that on one occasion Dayal told her she could earn an extra money if she gave him a "massage."

"Bhardwaj interpreted this as a sexual advance and was deeply offended. After that incident, Bhardwaj left the Dayals home and did not return," said the statement.

Dayal rejected the accusation, saying, "No question. I never asked for a massage... I deny it outright...I don't need a massage... I'm fit."

(Agencies)