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Change the playbook, repatriate Indian children

  • Published
    9th Sep, 2023


Foreign nations should engage in a sincere inquiry into Indian parents’ claims of cultural prejudice and unfair trials in their child protection system.

Expatriate Indian Mothers Facing Child Separation

  • Cultural Prejudice: It refers to a biased or negative attitude, belief, or stereotype held by individuals or groups against people from different cultural backgrounds or ethnicities.
  • Violation of Human Rights and Tragic Consequences: This violates human rights, affecting mothers, children, and families, leading to tragic consequences.
  • Unjust Separations- Cases from Australia and Germany: Instances in Australia and Germany highlight unjust separations, causing immense distress and despair for these families.

The Disturbing Trend and Its Playbook

  • Accusations and One-Sided Trials: Expatriate families often face accusations of child abuse in high-income countries, leading to one-sided trials and termination of parental custody.
  • Cultural Disconnection in Foster Care: Children are placed in foster care, losing cultural and ethnic ties, and becoming doubly alienated.
  • Urgent Need for Policy Reform and Extended Family Support: The current playbook neglects the option of placing children with extended family members, emphasizing the need for change.

Advocating for Repatriation and Cultural Sensitivity

  • A Kinder Solution: Returning children to their home country is a more humane solution, ensuring they grow up in familiar cultures with extended family support.
  • Prioritizing Cultural Sensitivity and Fair Trials: Foreign nations should investigate claims of cultural prejudice and unfair trials, prioritizing the child's best interests over technical considerations.
  • Balancing Best Interests: Decision-makers and governments must weigh the benefits of repatriation, acknowledging the importance of preserving cultural connections and extended family bonds.
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