US judge: Pay $1.5 m to maid of Indian diplomat for ill treatment

In a setback to an Indian diplomat accused by her maid of ‘slavery’,a US judge has recommended that she be awarded nearly $1.5 million for her “barbaric treatment” by her employer

Written by Press Trust Of India | New York | Published: February 24, 2012 3:43:44 am

In a setback to an Indian diplomat accused by her maid of ‘slavery’,a US judge has recommended that she be awarded nearly $1.5 million for her “barbaric treatment” by her employer.

The proposed award includes $500,000 for the “emotional distress” of Shanti Gurung by Neena Malhotra and her husband Jogesh,The New York Post reported. Malhotra was then the Consul at Consulate General of India here.

The Malhotras induced their maid to “work without pay by seizing her passport and visa,restricting her ability to leave their apartment,and warning her that if she traveled on her own,she would be arrested,beaten,raped and sent back to India as ‘cargo’,” Manhattan federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas reportedly recommended.

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