Devyani Khobragade

Devyani Khobragade

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Devyani Khobragade Profile

  • Name:
  • Devyani Khobragade
  • Father:
  • Uttam Khobragade
  • Spouse:
  • Aakash Singh Rathore

Devyani Khobragade Biography

Devyani Khobragade is an Indian doctor turned diplomat who was posted as Deputy Consul General in Consulate General of India in New York, USA. She is a 1999-batch IFS officer. Most recently she came to international news following the arrest in New York in December 2013 by local police. Devyani is the daughter of a retired IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre Uttam Khobragade, born and brought up in Mumbai. She is an MBBS graduate.


39 year old Devyani was arrested while dropping her daughter at school and was handcuffed in public which created great fire and nationwide protests from India. Following the irresponsible acts of US, India protested by removing security barricades around the US embassy in Delhi and Diplomats’ special passes were also withdrawn. It caused wide protest when news were confirmed that she was stripped and made to stand near sex workers; searched and subjected to DNA swabbing. Later she was put in the cell where drug addicts were kept. She was accused of visa fraud and making false statements over allegations that she underpaid her Indian maid. But she denied both.


Devyani’s schooling was done at Mount Carmel school Mumbai. She completed MBBS from Seth GS medical college and KEM hospital in Mumbai. But instead of pursuing a career in Medicine, she opted the Foreign Service. Devyani cleared the prestigious Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1999. She handled political division of Indian missions in Pakistan, Italy and Germany and later moved to US. Devyani is married to a professor and she is the mother of two kids. She was selected for the Chevening Rolls-Royce scholarship in 2012.


Earlier too, her name has been linked with some controversies related to  Mumbai's Adarsh Housing society scam two years ago, who owns a house there. Indian woman Sangeetha Richard was hired by Devyani as a baby sitter and domestic servant in 2012. Devyani was accused of paying less. Khobragade was detained for six hours and released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty and surrendering her passport.

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Updated: September 25, 2017


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