India: Child abduction law may cover women’s interests

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The aim is to put adequate safeguards to protect NRI parents, especially women, who remove a child from the lawful custody of their spouse.



An NRI woman should have the right to refuse the return of her child to the spouse, from whom she separated on grounds of domestic violence, a high-level panel examining a draft law on civil aspects of International Child Abduction bill is likely to suggest.

Sources in the committee said they were considering introducing the option with an aim to put adequate safeguards to protect NRI parents, especially women, who remove a child from the lawful custody of their spouse.

India can become a signatory to the Hague convention on civil aspects of international child abduction only after a domestic law is in place. Signing the treaty will make inter-parental child abduction an offence punishable with one-year jail.

The Justice Rajesh Bindal -led panel is…

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Judy Penz Sheluk

Carol Balawyder

I often feel overwhelmed with all the reading that is piling up on my Kindle, especially when I start a new novel and my Kindle reader tells me that the approximate time for reading the novel is 8 hours or more. Therefore, I was happy to download Judy Penz Sheluk’s collection of short stories – stories that can be read before going to bed or while sipping a glass of wine lying on a lounge chair.

Although Penz Sheluk is known for her Glass Dolphin Mysteries  and the Marketville Mysteries this collection of short stories demonstrates her skill as a short story writer.

  The stories are fast paced and unpredictable, filled with twists and turns that kept me swiping the pages of my Kindle and made me feel that, in such short time, I knew the characters.

If you’re pressed for time and looking for something fun to read …

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Theirworld News This Week: Thursday 3 August

Dear Friend,

We live in a time of massive upheaval for millions of children. From Syria to Afghanistan, Yemen to South Sudan, they continue to be uprooted from their homes, their friends and their schools. Huge camps have sprung up or are still growing – with tented homes, makeshift schools, health centres and shops.

One of them is the Zaatari camp in Jordan – home to 80,000 Syrian refugees. This week, we marked five years since it was opened with a look at life for Zaatari’s children.

Syrian refugee children in Zaatari camp, Jordan

You may never have heard of the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But life has been turned upside for the inhabitants of this conflict-torn part of the world and 850,000 children have now been displaced in a rapidly-growing humanitarian crisis. The families who have stayed on are too scared to let their children go to school.

Despite the gloom, there is still plenty of cause for hope this week. In Tanzania, $12 million of funding from the UK will help to get more children into preschool and in turn boost primary school enrolment.
Caroline Ntere with children in the Grace Rescue Centre in Kenya

A remarkable rescue centre in Kenya is taking care of children who are orphans, HIV positive or victims of FGM and child marriage. Social worker Caroline Ntere, pictured above, tells how the centre’s girls are being taught to become ambassadors for change in their Maasai community.

Worry that children these days are smarter than you? Look away now! A brainy boy from Benin has passed his Baccalaureate mathematics exam seven years early – at the age of 11. Peace Delaly Nicoue – who was so gifted he skipped primary school and went straight into middle school – plans to study economics at university.

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I miss my step daughter and I’ll miss Philip forever

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4 years ago I met my partner wounded and broken by his ex-girlfriend who he had a young baby with at the time. She falsely accused him of assault and got a restraining order against him. She abused all of her ex-boyfriends prior, mentally and physically and her own mother. Her 70+ mother was scared of her violent outbursts and psychotic episodes.

She is narcissistic and used their daughter as a pawn to get what she wanted. Besides forcing my partner to pay high child support when she didn’t need it, she runs multiple businesses illegally evading tax, racketeering, and manipulating every system and person to benefit herself. Taking other people’s money through “go fund me” and going on lavish vacations, and expensive purchases such as a new truck, a tiny home, endless home renovations and expensive life style choices. She harassed my partner and I endlessly with false accusations, bullshit lawsuits, and tens of thousands of incessant text messages and emails for four years. He tried to rise above her mental insanity for his child. He struggled for 4 years. Image may contain: laptop

He stood up and stood down trying to protect his daughter. He spent every last penny he had fighting in court because mediation and old school “sit down and talk it out” was out of the question. Even though she was mentally insane, and abusive he was never given the rights he deserved. She harassed, stalked, abused, manipulated, attacked, lied and played cruel games to both him and I for almost 4 years.

Who knows what she was doing to their daughter. The daycare said the daughter was misbehaving when in her mother’s care and they could no longer take care of her because other children wanted her spot if they couldn’t commit to any set days there. The mother did drugs and drank alcohol while breastfeeding and would admit these things to my partner knowing he would worry of his child’s well being. She would drop the daughter off to us neglected, dirty, in dirty diapers and with clothes that didn’t fit and weren’t appropriate for the weather that day. Her daughter also reverted to bed wetting, stress induced episodes, sleep deprivation and anxiety after being in her mother’s care. My partner struggled to protect his daughter. He fought for custody in court and was granted 10 days a month visitation which his ex girlfriend didn’t honour.

She would play games and make EVERY single child exchange extremely difficult. Which would cause undue stress on the child. When she would chose what 10 days a month best worked for her, he would have to drive 8 hours to get his daughter through icy mountain passes on his own dime. Switching his days off at work every 5 minutes to suit her needs. The 2-4 travel days counted as part of the 10 days he had with his daughter. She moved to 4 different towns in 1.5 years just to make things difficult and try and make him fail at being a father. On July 1, 2017 he killed himself. He tried his hardest for 4 years. The ex turned his father, friends, the 4 towns , his own daughter, anyone who would listen against him, all based on nasty lies. Why does a father have to fight so hard for any sort of custody of their own child? Why is this the normal option now for divorced dads or struggling fathers to commit suicide?

This must stop NOW. I stand for every amazing father who just wants to be apart of his child’s life. And against every crazy ex-wife or ex-girlfriend who takes their bitterness and revenge out on their children.

Child alienation should be illegal. After helping raise my step daughter for almost four years, her mother will now never let me see her again. And has served my deceased partner with papers for this. I was a loving step mother who gave my love/time/energy/money/patience to that little girl.

I worked on good behaviour with a chore board that taught responsibility, took her swimming, paid for her dance classes.

The list goes on. I did all these things selflessly because I loved them both. I miss my step daughter and I’ll miss my partner forever.He was a good man and a great father. And he never deserved this ending.

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