NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children’s welfare

NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children's welfare CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

Children deprived of access to fathers in a custodial battle suffer from several psychological disorders while growing up, said members of different NGOs gathered in the city on Thursday to talk about the need to make shared parenting compulsory. Several studies conducted by the groups pursuing to implement the ‘shared parenting plan’ show that such children are more prone to committing suicide, dropping out of school or indulging in juvenile crimes.

CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

National president of CRISP Kumar Jahgirdar, while addressing the media and non-custodian parents, said, “There are lakhs of cases pending in various cities and district courts in our country for several years. The delay in deciding in child custody matters is leading to children being deprived of fathers’ love and affection in more that 98% cases, thus leading to a fatherless society.”

At the meet, where several non-custodian parents spoke about the urgent need for shared parenting, said that in foreign countries there are laws which prevent parental alienation.

CRISP member Manoj Gandhi said, “Efforts need to be taken right at the beginning; if a child gets love from both parents, litigation will come down drastically in family courts. China, the US and Canada have adopted joint parenting system.”

CRISP has demanded that family courts, within six months, dispose of all child custody related matters and effectively use parenting plans as a mandatory procedure in courts. It also wants that substantial and significant parenting time be granted to both parents on a continuous basis, and that judiciary take action against parental alienation and non-compliance or interference in court-ordered visitation, done with the purpose of alienating the other parent.

Pending cases

12,000 in Maharashtra
20,000 in Karnataka
16,000 in Kerala
28,000 in Gujarat

Source: DNA News

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