Weird how you don’t hear a peep about this from the so-called feminists and income inequality bunch.
A top diplomat at India’s consulate in Manhattan who lobbies for women’s rights has been busted by the feds — after allegedly mistreating her female nanny.
Devyani Khobragade, India’s 39-year-old deputy consul general for political, economic, commercial and women’s affairs, was busted Thursday for allegedly helping to submit fake documents to the US State Department saying she was paying the woman $4,500 per month — when, in reality, the caregiver received only $573 monthly, or a measly $3.31 an hour.
In an April interview with The Indian Panorama, a weekly Manhattan-based newspaper, Khobragade claimed that she’s a strong advocate for “underprivileged” women’s rights.
She added that she hoped someday to persuade the US government to make it easier for Indian nationals to apply for work visas.
“We are trying to safeguard the interests of Indians who are highly specialized and skilled by increasing the number of [non-immigrant] applications that can be accepted from Indian applicants,” said Khobragade, who is married to a philosophy professor and has two young daughters.
Khobragade hired her employee, an Indian national, in November 2012 and used her as a babysitter and housekeeper at her Manhattan home until June.
The diplomat is accused of telling the woman to lie on her visa application to get to the United States and say she was going to be paid the higher amount.
Lying and mistreating women? She may have a bright future in the Democratic Party. Speaking of Democrats, another liberal icon may be in hot water over an apparently bogus charity.
Jane Fonda’s private foundation has nearly $800,000 in assets but hasn’t made a charitable contribution during the last five years for which it has filed federal tax returns, it was reported Thursday.
The Smoking Gun web site suggested that the Jane Fonda Foundation violated IRS rules and could be subject to stiff penalties.
But Fonda’s attorney said the web site got it wrong and insisted the charity had complied with all regulations.
The Atlanta-based foundation’s most recent tax return, filed last year for 2011, said it had cash, stock, and a bond portfolio valued at $798,133. Most of the assets came from Fonda herself.
The filing listed no charitable donations in 2011. Prior tax returns showed no payouts in 2010, 2009, 2008 or 2007. IRS regulations require a private foundation to make a distribution of at least five percent of its assets each year.