`Indian diplomat`s maid deserves $1.5 mn`

The proposed award includes USD 500,000 for the "emotional distress" inflicted on Shanti Gurung by Neena Malhotra and her husband Jogesh.

New York: In a setback to an Indian diplomat
accused of indulging in "slavery" by her maid, a US judge has
recommended that she be awarded nearly USD 1.5 million for her
"barbaric treatment" at the hands of her employer.

New York: In a setback to an Indian diplomat
accused of indulging in "slavery" by her maid, a US judge has
recommended that she be awarded nearly USD 1.5 million for her
"barbaric treatment" at the hands of her employer.

Malhotra was then the Consul at Consulate General of India
here.

The Malhotras clearly induced their ex-maid to "work
without pay by seizing her passport and visa, restricting her
ability to leave their apartment, and constantly warning her
that if she traveled on her own without their permission, she
would be arrested, beaten, raped and sent back to India as
`cargo`" Manhattan federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas was
quoted as having written in his recommendation.

His recommendations are subject to approval by Judge
Victor Marrero, who is overseeing the case, the daily said.

Last year, Marrero granted Gurung a default judgement
against the Malhotras, who returned to India before they could
be served with their ex-maid`s suit that was filed in 2010,
the report said.

The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi had then said
the media reports containing allegations against the senior
diplomat "do not appear to be in conformity with facts".

PTI