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