Indian Diplomat Accuses Maid She's Accused of Underpaying of Trying to Blackmail Her

Stands accused of visa fraud


An Indian diplomat who was arrested in New York City and accused of paying her housekeeper about $3 an hour had claimed the woman blackmailed her over the summer, an Indian official said Thursday.

The case has sparked a diplomatic furore between the United States and India, which is incensed over what its officials described as degrading treatment toward Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York.