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India lodges strong protest with US over unacceptable comment

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 2, IRNA -- Indian Government Tuesday lodged a strong protest with the US Embassy in New Delhi over certain 'unacceptable' comments by an American official on tagging of Indian students in California.

US Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu expressed regrets over the comments by Juliet Wur, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate in Hyderabad, when Jawed Ashraf, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the External Affairs Ministry, called him, pti reported quoting sources.

Wur had earlier in the day told reporters in Hyderabad that tagging was a 'hip and happening' thing and wondered why Indians were agitated over it.

'Those anklets are used when you have somebody who might flee. And so you give them the choice -- would you go to the prison or would you like an anklet. The anklets are very hip and happening.

Soon after her comments appeared on TV channels, Ashraf called Lu and told him that the comments were in bad taste and 'unacceptable', the sources said.

Lu, in turn, expressed regrets over such comments and said she has been asked to publicly apologise, the sources said.

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