Former maid drops sexual harassment charges
against Indian consul general
Indian Consul General in New York Prabhu
Dayal’s former domestic help has dropped the
‘sexual harassment’ charges against him in an
‘amended complaint’ filed in a United States
Santosh Bhardwaj, 45, had filed a forced-
labor suit against Dayal 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 com-
plaint had said.
August 12, a ‘First Amended Complaint’ was
filed on behalf of Bhardwaj by her lawyers in
the United States District Court, Southern District of New
York. In this amended complaint, the entire ‘Sexual
Harassment and Escape’ section has been removed. There
is also no mention of any sexual harassment elsewhere in
the amended complaint.
A line in the initial complaint that had said ‘...culminat-
ing in an incident of sexual harassment’ has been dropped
in the amended complaint. It also drops the charges that
Bhardwaj had to sleep in a small storage room in the Dayal
residence in Manhattan.
The June 20 labor suit against Dayal had alleged that
while Bhardwaj worked for him and his family, ‘she had to
sleep on a mattress on the floor in a
small storage room, which was just big
enough for the mattress and a small
chest for her clothes.’ The complaint
had further said that Bhardwaj was
not allowed to sleep in any of the
three vacant guest rooms in the
Dayal residence. The amended com-
plaint drops this information as well
and states that Bhardwaj lived in a
room in Dayal’s New York home.
Dayal had rubbished the charges leveled against him,
saying they were ‘complete nonsense. These are mischie-
vous and malicious lies.’
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