Media attention is crazy: Diplomat`s daughter

The daughter of an Indian diplomat who hit the headlines after she was wrongfully arrested on the suspicion of sending obscene emails to a teacher, says media attention is crazy.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 15:22 PM IST

New York: The daughter of an Indian diplomat who hit the headlines after she was wrongfully arrested on the suspicion of sending obscene emails to a teacher, says media attention is crazy.

For the past few days, 18-year-old high school student Krittika Biswas has given scores of interviews to both the Indian and American media about her 28-hour-long ordeal in prison.

Biswas says that she is still getting used to see her name appear in newspapers, television and the web.

"The media attention is crazy," she told a news agency.

"I`ve been giving non-stop interviews...it`s not something I`m used but I think it sends the message that it`s not okay to mess with people."

Biswas has sued the New York city government for USD 1.5 million for what she claims was a wrongful arrest on the suspicion of sending obscene emails to her teacher in Queens` John Browne high school.

"I have no idea what I`ll do with the money," she said, reflecting on the possibility of winning if the matter goes to trial.

Biswas claims that she was handcuffed and led out of school on February 8.

She also says that the cops did not let her use the bathroom for a long time, she could not drink water from a cooler that had vomit on it. The New York Police Department has not responded to request for comment.

Biswas has become the subject of several tweets and there is even a Facebook page supporting her cause "Krittika Biswas"-- Price of Every Tear Will Be Paid.

Ravi Batra, her lawyer, said that attention from the American and Indian public was helping their case.

"Americans cannot stand injustice....it could be one of their kids," he said.

"1.1 million children are entrusted to the school system."

"Indians feel their national honour has been trampled," he said.

Meanwhile, Biswas is riding the wave of media attention.

"Random people are coming up to me and saying you’re the chick who got arrested," she said.

"One teacher thought it was awesome."

PTI