Arrest gay US diplomats: Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said India should crack down on US diplomats with same sex partners living here as a tit-for-tat to the arrest and mistreatment of an Indian diplomat in USA.

"My suggestion to the Government of India is that, as per your media reports, we have issued visa to a number of US diplomats' companions. Companions mean they are same sex. After the Supreme Court ruling it is completely illegal like low wages is criminal in USA," said Sinha.

He said India should use the law to arrest gay US diplomats to send a message to USA.

India on Tuesday started hitting back at the United States over the maltreatment of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade by taking a clutch of measures against the US diplomats and their families in India with some moves as symbolic as removing barricades outside US embassy in New Delhi.

US diplomats and their families were asked to surrender their identity cards and their airport passes are being withdrawn after it was known that the Indian diplomat was strip searched and put with drug addicts in a cell in USA after her arrest over an alleged visa fraud.

India has asked the US officials here to submit salary details of their staffers and domestic helps they employed here besides seeking tax details of teachers from USA working in India.

India is stopping all import clearances for the American embassy.

Barricades outside the US embassy in Delhi were removed.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said they have communicated their dissent strongly.

"Disquiet very, very strongly felt. We have communicated the dissent we feel," said Khurshid.

"It is completely unacceptable. We have put in motion what we believe will be an effective way to address this issue and protect her dignity," he said, adding that "everything that can be done, will be done."

Following reports of ill-treatment of Indian Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade by the New York Police, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reportedly refused to meet a US Congressional delegation.

According to latest reports, Khobragade, who was arrested for alleged visa fraud and handcuffed in public view last week, was allegedly strip-searched at a police station in New York.

She was also allegedly kept in a lockup with common criminals and drug addicts.

The U.S. Department of State has said Khobragade does not enjoy immunity from US laws.

Reports said her arrest followed after it was apparently found that he falsified documents on the babysitter of her child and her housekeeper who was working at her place.

--IBNS (Posted on 17-12-2013)

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