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Indian Politico Wants American Gays Arrested in Retaliation for Arrest of Indian Diplomat in U.S.: VIDEO


An official in India’s largest opposition party said on Monday that India should retaliate for last week's arrest of an Indian diplomat in the U.S. by arresting the partners of gay U.S. diplomats and throwing them behind bars, citing the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court recriminalizing gay sex.

NDTV reports:

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha raised eyebrows on Tuesday with a comment that after the arrest and alleged mistreatment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US, India should reciprocate by arresting the same sex companions of American diplomats using a Supreme Court verdict that restored a ban on gay sex last week.

"My suggestion to the Government of India is, the media has reported that we have issued visas to a number of US diplomats' companions. 'Companions' means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court ruling, it is completely illegal in our country. Just as paying less wages was illegal in the US. So, why doesn't the government of India go ahead and arrest all of them? Put them behind bars, prosecute them in this country and punish them," Mr Sinha said.

Watch Sinha's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

India has retaliated in a different way, however, CBS News reports:

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was stripped searched after being charged with paying her nanny less than minimum wage and committing visa fraud to get her into the U.S. In retaliation, the Indian government removed security barriers from outside the U.S. embassy, and is demanding answers from the U.S. ambassador.

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  1. And why are gays responsible for this? MAn we get blamed for everything even the abuse of Nanny's by Indian Diplomats. F/U India

    Posted by: Speedieg | Dec 18, 2013 12:55:00 PM

  2. @Speedieg: they are not blaming gays for it. Rather, this politician is looking for some excuse to arrest an American associated with some diplomatic function, and with India's supreme court ruling, that was probably the first thing to pop into his head.

    It is simply "tit for tat."

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 18, 2013 1:03:18 PM

  3. Jeez, they also removed the security barriers around the US Embassy in India, because the US dared arrest someone for violating employment law and Visa Fraud?

    Who's currently running India, five year-olds?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 18, 2013 1:03:21 PM

  4. What would you expect from a member of the political party that was behind the murder of Gandhi.

    Posted by: Petes | Dec 18, 2013 1:07:36 PM

  5. Let's not forget that what we did, by international law standards, is totally unreasonable. If you're going to recognize diplomatic immunity, you can't arrest diplomats and throw them in jail. At most, you deport them. What we (the United States) did is ridiculous, and whoever's responsible (which automatically includes President Obama) should take responsibility and make immediate amends.

    Of course, we'll do nothing reasonable, since we're f*cking cowboys and hooligans.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Dec 18, 2013 1:10:38 PM

  6. Good God, is everything our fault now?

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 18, 2013 1:11:44 PM

  7. 2nd video:
    The uploader has not made this video available in your country.
    Sorry about that.

    (They aren't sorry, or they wouldn't enable and encourage this behavior)

    MTV/CBS/Viacom doesn't understand its (or any) audience. Is there any other source for this item? One that respects an internet audience?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 18, 2013 1:20:31 PM

  8. Mike B, she doesn't have diplomatic immunity for what she did - try to read something, doll.

    Posted by: Tiger | Dec 18, 2013 1:22:13 PM

  9. I once read a sci-fi book back in the early 90's that had the Neo-Krishnas in India declaring hindu jihad

    back then i thought it was a stretch and least believable part of an otherwise great story

    who knew it was semi prophetic

    Posted by: Moz's | Dec 18, 2013 1:23:47 PM

  10. A fool & his words are soon parted.

    I'm referring specifically to Yashwant Sinha, but on reflection, that applies to some of the commenters here too. Diplomatic immunity doesn't imply blanket immunity, & she's not entitled to diplomatic immunity in this particular case.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 18, 2013 1:30:46 PM

  11. A fool & his words are soon parted.

    I'm referring specifically to Yashwant Sinha, but on reflection, that applies to some of the commenters here too. Diplomatic immunity doesn't imply blanket immunity, & she's not entitled to diplomatic immunity in this particular case.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 18, 2013 1:30:46 PM

  12. I'm with you RANDY!

    I hardly ever bother to click on the videos anymore. 'Watch, after the jump.' No, not you Canada. This site sometimes strikes me as being so US-centric, as to be blithely unaware that world wide web extends beyond US borders.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 18, 2013 1:34:38 PM

  13. Why don't they just raise the rates at all the cheap U.S. motels they run if they want to retaliate. :-)

    Posted by: Dan M. | Dec 18, 2013 2:04:18 PM

  14. This is FAR from the first time Indian, Pakistani, or Middle Eastern "diplomats" or just the extremely wealthy have been caught abusing household employees as virtual slaves. The nanny in question was promised $3.30 cents an hour then wasn't even payed THAT and expected to work around the clock.

    Don't want to get arrested? Then don't have frigging SLAVES in the US!

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 18, 2013 2:06:06 PM

  15. @Mike B, she does not have diplomatic immunity. Please get your facts straight before spouting nonsense.

    This lady broke the law of the state of New York and is not entitled to any sort of special treatment. Remember when Dominique Strauss-Kahn did his perp walk for alleged sexual assault? That's how it's done, no special treatment.

    If found guilty, she should be punished for not paying a legal wage. It may be tolerated in India, but not here!

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Dec 18, 2013 2:30:28 PM

  16. why are the Mr. Belvederes always the loudest?

    Posted by: doug | Dec 18, 2013 2:30:56 PM

  17. Princess problems....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 18, 2013 2:31:24 PM

  18. India still has slaves by the way....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 18, 2013 2:32:05 PM

  19. That ding-dong broke U.S. law so this clown can come here and I'll show him some American style, up close and personal.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 18, 2013 2:54:11 PM

  20. Noticed the word "ANI" on the microphone. Isn't that plural for anus?

    Posted by: Rolf | Dec 18, 2013 2:55:07 PM

  21. I'm SO GLAD to see India is being run by evil, vindictive, adult children. I have so much respect and admiration for that country now. They're not at all like The Queen of Hearts and her court from "Alice in Wonderland".
    "Twinkle twinkle..." - "THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT! WRITE THAT DOWN!"

    Posted by: Tulpa | Dec 18, 2013 3:02:43 PM

  22. The upper-middle class of third-world countries think they have a sacred right to mistreat servants. How dare anyone say otherwise?

    Posted by: Fester | Dec 18, 2013 3:11:02 PM

  23. does this mean if they hate so much we can get call centers for american companies moved back here . wouldn't that be great

    Posted by: walter | Dec 18, 2013 3:27:07 PM

  24. India seems like such a fun country nowadays -- if you're a lunatic bigot with the intellectual capacity of a snail.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Dec 18, 2013 3:40:35 PM

  25. The behavior of the police was very reprehensible though. You don't see many Americans arrested for paying less than the minimum wage. But it's what you can expect from the American police and especially such an utterly corrupt department as the NYPD.

    If she did what they claim, there were better ways to handle this than arrest and throw her into a cell with common criminals.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 18, 2013 4:12:24 PM

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