Indian Diplomat's daughter fights for justice, sues NYC, after being falsely detained, accused and treated like a criminal in Feb 2011.
The teenage daughter of vice-consul in the Consulate General of India in New York, Debashish Biswas is in the news again. She has filed a lawsuit against the city of New York for $1.5M claiming civil rights violations. Krittika Biswas was wrongfully arrested and jailed for a night and falsely accused of sending obscene emails to two of her New York City teachers last year.
She was freed in a day, clear of all charges and her name omitted from the records. Yet her school sent her to a special suspension programme for more than a month last year. Her lawyer stated that not only did her 24-hour arrest, of which neither her father nor the consulate general were informed, violate international, federal, state and city laws, but the whole harrowing experience caused the young girl mental trauma due to the conditions she was kept in. Krittika now seeks $1.5 M in punitive damages. She was prompted to take legal action only in this year after the real perpetrator of the crime was caught but no action was taken against him.
Biswas, a student at John Bowne High School in Queens said “I came to New York with lots of hope and dreams”. Now she is not sure she wants to live there. This young lady was forcedly charged by a few miscreants who were acting with constitutional malice. She was handcuffed in school and made to walk out of school in front of other students and suffered all sort of criminal indignities for something that she had not done.
Biswas said she knew the culprit whom she identified as Shang Ming, a class mate for chemistry and earlier in the same calculus class. They have identified the culprit, confronted him and he too has admitted to his misdeeds. She has also filed a claim seeking $ 500, 000 in compensation against the city's Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott; John Bowne High School Principal, Howard Kwait and teacher Jamie Kim-Ross; Elayna Konstan, CEO at the city Department of Education's Office of School and Youth Development; as well as several personnel at the office; police Commissioner Ray Kelly; police Officers “Jane Doe” Maldanado and Larry Granshaw, both from the 107th Precinct. She is also calling for termination of the principal and teacher at her high school.
While the actual culprit has not been yet arrested or even been acted upon by the law, Biswas returned to India, where she holds citizenship, and has continued her studies there.