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Guyana recalls High Commissioner to India after video surfaces of him abusing Indian Professor and animal rights activist

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Guyana (Demerara Waves) – Wednesday (October 27) announced that Guyana’s High Commissioner to India has been recalled, a day after a video surfaced showing him verbally abusing an Indian Professor who is also an animal rights activist while she went to him to enquire about a dog that she usually feeds.

“Notwithstanding all of this, Mr Charandass agreed with me that, in keeping with the best interest of Guyana and the image of Guyana, that he would return home from his posting in India,” the President said. His announcement came one day after the Foreign Ministry said a probe by the Indian authorities had cleared him and so the matter was now “closed.”

Dr Ali said Mr Persaud, during a conversation with him, stated that the incident occurred in August 2021 and that the video being circulated is “not a full reflection of what took place.”

Mr Persaud reportedly told the President that an investigation cleared him of any misconduct and accusation of sexual harassment. The President said Mr Persaud, an Attorney-at-Law, “has agreed that he takes full responsibility for his action and will return home from this posting.”

Dr Ali indicated that Guyana could soon appoint a new High Commissioner to India with which Guyana shares a healthy historical, cultural, business and diplomatic relationship. “We are, therefore, going to take all official steps and measures to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to strengthen our work with India and to work on advancing the cause of Guyana in every category,” the President added.

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