NY maid claims Indian consul exploited her-filing

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – India’s consul general in New  York and his family treated a former maid like a slave, paying  her $300 a month, confiscating her passport and sexually  harassing her, a lawsuit against the family said.       The Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed on Monday is the  latest in a string of allegations of abuse by diplomats in the  United States. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Santosh Bhardwaj, the  former maid, by the Legal Aid Society, a group that provides  legal help to the poor.

The lawsuit said she was virtually enslaved by Consul  Prabhu Dayal and his wife and daughter. The lawsuit seeks  unspecified damages.       “Defendants confiscated Ms. Bhardwaj’s passport and  subjected her to approximately a year of forced labor and  psychological coercion in their household, culminating in an  incident of sexual harassment,” the lawsuit said.       In a statement, Dayal’s attorney called the maid a  “fraudster.”

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