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NEW DELHI: The husband of the maid at the centre of the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade case has filed for divorce.
The husband Philip Richard, who along with his two grown-up children was surreptitiously flown out of India by the US embassy in Delhi last year, says he has filed for divorce from Sangeeta as she has started lying to him.
“She stopped telling me where she is going and with whom. She started to lie. She said something and did just the opposite. But I still support her in the case against Devyani as I know she is not at fault there,’’ Richard told the Indian Express from New York.
Richard field for divorce in January. But he said he stands by Sangeeta in her fight for justice as she was ill-treated by Khobragade.
He said his wife’s complain was not the salary but the treatment she got from the Indian diplomat who was arrested in December and later allowed to leave the US under immunity.
“Sangeeta often called me complaining about it. It was not the money that she was upset about, but the treatment she got there. Devyani made her work overtime, did not give her enough time to sleep and never let her out of the house,” Richard told Indian Express.
Also refuting allegation against Sangeeta that she went missing, he said, “She did not go missing. She just went to the (US) immigration office to seek assistance. Sangeeta, who spoke to me a night before she went to the immigration office, told me she wants to come back to her family but Devyani is not letting her go. Devyani told Sangeeta that she is bound by the three-year contract that she signed before coming here and cannot go anywhere till that expires. Sangeeta felt suffocated there and had no choice but to sneak out from the house.’’