India has overreacted to Devyani Khobragade's arrest: US media

Devyani US mediaOfficials in New Delhi have inflamed anti-American outrage instead of calling for justice, US media said. (AP)

The American media, which demanded action by the Obama Administration when a junior consular staff was detained in Lahore for killing two men, has attacked the Indian government for siding with its diplomat after her arrest and ill-treatment.

"India is siding with a woman who was in the wrong who lied, paid her help poorly and now is brazen enough to claim that she should not be treated like a criminal," said a column in The Washington Post on the arrest of Devyani Khobragade.

"What's 'deplorable', to use the prime minister's words, is not Khobragade's treatment, which was standard, but the fact that many in India aren't speaking out against the

treatment of the nanny," said the column titled 'Why India is upset about Devyani Khobragade, and why it's wrong'.

"India's reaction is disappointing...," it added.

The New York Times criticised the Indian government for its stand on Khobragade, the Deputy Consul General in New York, who was arrested last week for alleged visa fraud.

"India's overwrought reaction to the arrest of one of its diplomats in the US is unworthy of a democratic movernment," the Times said in an editorial.

"Officials in New Delhi have inflamed anti-American outrage instead of calling for justice, especially for the domestic worker who is at the heart of the case."

"Instead of concerning themselves with that injustice, many in India seem incensed that Ms. Khobragade was arrested at all," the editorial said.

However, the daily had two years ago accused the US Administration of not doing enough to bring back consular staff Raymond Davis from Pakistan after he was arrested for shooting down two men in broad daylight in Lahore.

It further said the charges brought against Khobragade by Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan, should concern anyone who values worker rights.

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