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Indian envoy’s maid drops sex charges

world Updated: Aug 17, 2011 01:14 IST

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A former domestic help who accused Indian consul general in New York Prabhu Dayal of making sexual advances, has now dropped the “sexual harassment” charges in an ‘amended complaint’ filed in a US court here.

Santosh Bhardwaj, 45, had filed a forced labour-suit against Dayal on June 20 accusing him of treating her as a slave and making sexual advances.

In her complaint, Bhardwaj had alleged in an eight-paragraph section titled ‘Sexual Harassment and Escape’ that Dayal had asked her to “give him a massage for pain in his legs” if she wanted money to send to India for her husband’s treatment.

“Bhardwaj interpreted Dayal’s statement as a request for sexual contact of some form... she was scared by his request,” the initial complaint had said.

The amended complaint also drops the charges that Bhardwaj had to sleep in a small storage room in the Dayal residence in the city.