US ac­cuses In­dia of non-ad­her­ence to parental child ab­duc­tion pro­to­col

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON: The US on Thurs­day ac­cused In­dia of not ad­her­ing to any pro­to­col with re­spect to in­ter­na­tional parental child ab­duc­tion, claim­ing 90 per cent of re­quests for the re­turn of "ab­ducted chil­dren" re­mained un­re­solved for over a year. In­ter­na­tional parental child ab­duc­tion (IPCA) gen­er­ally refers to the “wrong­ful re­moval” or “wrong­ful re­ten­tion” to an­other coun­try of a child by the child's par­ent or guardian. The State Depart­ment in its lat­est An­nual Re­port on IPCA de­scribed In­dia as a “non-com­pli­ant coun­try”, a tag the coun­try car­ries since 2014 when the first re­port came out. “In­dia does not ad­here to any pro­to­cols with re­spect to in­ter­na­tional parental child ab­duc­tion. In 2017, In­dia demon­strated a pat­tern of non-com­pli­ance. Specif­i­cally, the com­pe­tent author­i­ties in In­dia per­sis­tently failed to work with the Depart­ment of State to re­solve ab­duc­tion cases,” the re­port said.

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