Sunday, December 22, 2013
I intended to write about Devyani Khobragade, the Indian consular official who complained bitterly about the way she was treated when she was booked into jail, but I have been so busy that I did not get it done until today.
Devyani Khobragade is a hypocrite.
Yes, she was subjected to invasive and degrading body cavity searches, but so is every woman who gets booked into jail.
She should have complained about any woman having to endure such unnecessary and degrading treatment. Instead, she complained that, because of her status as a diplomat and well educated member of a higher caste in India, she should not have been subjected to the standard operating procedure to which criminals and common female riff-raff are subjected.
Jesus of Nazareth had something relevant to say about this subject. Here’s Matthew 25:31-46 (New American Bible)*
f “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
g and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
* j Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
k For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
* Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Ms. Khobragade has been accused of lying on an immigration visa application for her Indian housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard. She averred that she was paying her maid $4,500 per month when, in fact, she was paying her about $3 per hour, which is well below minimum wage.
The New York Daily News reports:
In India, Devyani Khobragade advocated for women’s rights. But in New York, she was a slave driver, says the family of Khobragade’s housekeeper.
Consular official Khobragade worked domestic servant Sangeeta Richard from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, “tantamount to keeping a person in slavery-like conditions or keeping a person in bondage,” Richard’s husband, Philip, said in court papers filed in Delhi, India.
“Even though the contract stipulated that Sunday would be an off day, she worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., minus two hours for church . . . She worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, as well,” Philip Richard said.
And the housekeeper’s daughter, Jennifer Richard, wrote to US officials last summer that her mom “used to sound unhappy whenever she talked to us on the phone. She asked Devyani to send her back to India, but Devyani refused her request.”
I have no sympathy for Devyani Khobragade because she is a hypocrite.
India’s caste system is an abomination and should be abolished.
If the truth be told, Khobragade is not the only foreign diplomat who engages in this activity and I suspect our diplomats do the same thing when they serve in foreign countries.
This is the embarrassing truth that the Indian and United States governments do not want to publicly admit.
Shame on them and all governments and people who enslave others for any reason.
*The New American Bible (NAB) was first published in 1970. The New American Bible is one of three Catholic Bibles approved for use in the liturgy, and is the official translation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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