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USA India gal a 'slave' worker

Discussion in 'Breaking News' started by Vikram singh, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Vikram singh

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    An Indian government official responsible for championing women's rights illegally sneaked an underage girl into the country to serve as a personal slave for herself and her hubby, a shocking new suit charges.

    Neena Malhotra and husband Jogesh allegedly forced the girl to sleep on the floor of their apartment inside the Indian Mission to the United Nations in between waiting on them hand-and-foot 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Shanti Gurung, now 21, claims her drudgery included giving daily massages to her evil mistress, who ironically headed a 2008 initiative against domestic abuse while serving as a Manhattan-based consul responsible for "women-related issues."

    Gurung also handled cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and chores -- often until 3 a.m. following frequent parties in the couple's East 43rd Street home, her suit says.

    The Manhattan federal court filing -- which seeks unspecified damages for three-plus years of "slavery and peonage" -- says the Malhotras starved Gurung, with Neena once berating her for eating a slice of bread without permission.

    Gurung, who has only an eighth-grade education, claims the couple tricked her into accompanying them to America in March 2006 with the promise of 5,000 Indian rupees -- about $108 -- a month, with raises every six months.

    But she only received a single payment of 5,500 rupees -- about $120 -- and was threatened that "if she ever tried to leave, the police would beat and arrest her . . . take any of Ms. Gurung's money and send her back to India as cargo," the suit says.

    Gurung -- who was 17 when her "involuntary servitude" began -- also says the Malhotras made her lie to US immigration officials about her age and a purported $7-an-hour salary in order to get her a visa.

    She finally escaped in July 2009, fleeing while they were out of the apartment "to the home of a young woman she managed to meet when she went shopping for the defendants."

    The allegations are eerily similar to those that sent Varsha and Mahender Sabhnani to the slammer for enslaving a pair of Indonesian women inside their Long Island home.

    Both Neena and her husband, an engineer, have since returned to India, where Neena currently works for the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

    The Consulate General of India in Manhattan didn't return requests for comment.

    In Detail-->India gal a 'slave' worker - NYPOST.com
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  3. spnadmin

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    Vikram Singh ji

    Thanks on behalf of many of us for your devotion to raising awareness. That is the first step toward change. It is easy to overlook problems if they are not pointed out. It is easier to assume they are not rampant and serious without continual reminders. The scope of this and other problems won't be resolved until more than the "talking heads" on TV and Internet take the bull by the horns and demand changes be made.

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