The arrest and strip-search of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat in New York accused of alleged visa fraud, has strained relationships between India and the U.S. This is how India reacted to her “humiliating” and “barbaric” treatment by the U.S.
1. Protestors from a small political party called Republican Party of India vandalized a Dominos Pizza outlet in Mumbai, demanding a ban on U.S. goods.
2. No one was hurt in the attack according to the police and the Indian franchise of the U.S. pizza chain.
A policeman is seen through a broken glass window of the Dominos Pizza outlet after it was ransacked by activists of the Republican Party of India (RPI) in Mumbai on Dec. 20.
3. The student wing of the Congress, India’s ruling party, protested outside the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. The message on the sign “Atithi Dev Bhavo” translates to “The Guest is God.”
6. Supporters of a Hindu hardline group, the Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena, shouted anti-U.S. slogans during a protest near the U.S. embassy in the nation’s capital of New Delhi.
The Washington Post explained the photograph above:
“The half-naked man is meant to represent both the United States (see: American flag) and President Obama; he is naked both to symbolize the affront of Khobragade’s strip-search and as a declaration that the United States and Obama deserve similar humiliation as punishment. The man in the suit with the Obama mask is tied up to likewise symbolize Khobragade’s arrest.”
9. Members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India protested outside the U.S. consulate in Kolkata on Dec. 19.
Police detain members of the DYFI during a protest outside the U.S. consulate office in Kolkata.
10. Activists from a political party affiliated with India’s main opposition party — the BJP — burned Obama effigies during a protest in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar.
11. Protestors burned an Obama effigy in the city of Ajmer in west India.
13. India’s Left Party activists protested near the U.S. consulate in the city of Hyderabad.
Left Party activists shout slogans from inside a truck after being detained by police during during their protest near the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad on Dec. 19.
15. Police removed security barricades that were erected as a safety measure outside the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.
16. On one of the top-rated primetime shows on an English news channel, anchor Arnab Goswami blatantly criticized the U.S.’s handling of the matter.
On his primetime show, The Newshour, Arnab Goswami grilled Martina Vandenberg, President of Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, on America’s handling of the case. He said, “There has been considerable time for America to understand the deep mistake it has made and the hurt it has caused.”
He also came down strongly on America’s “supercop attitude” and asked Vandenberg if the American authorities have had time “to reflect on the massive mistakes they are making one after the other.”
He added that “America can no longer expect to get away with this rubbish.”
17. Goswami also berated U.S. Attorney for NY, Preet Bharara for defending the U.S. in the matter.
Goswami said Preet Bharara was the man “responsible for the arrest and humiliation of an honest diplomat.”
He added that Bharara’s comments have led him to being “completely isolated tonight, so much so that even America has distanced itself from his biased and prejudiced view in the case.”