Divorce happens between husband and wife. Why should kids suffer, due to dirty court battles, where either parent is trying to use the child as a pawn to settle score?
Not just in India, but globally, custody of children in divorce cases is handed over to the mother, who becomes the custodial parent. While many countries have adopted Shared Parenting as a law, where both parents have equal right and say in the upbringing of their children, India is still lagging behind in this aspect, since everything is about Right of Wife, even at the cost of neglecting Child’s Welfare.
The number of children alienation from one of their parents, often the father, runs into lakhs per year. Most of these children grow up suffering constant brainwashing and victimhood fed by the custodial parent, and effectively, they develop hatred and negative emotions against the non-custodial parent.
At a recent seminar to commemorate Child Protection Day and spread awareness among the people, judiciary, legislature and administration on shared parenting, the speakers strongly advocated the need for Shared Parenting.
Titled ‘Child Protection — Shared Parenting As a Way Ahead’, the event was organized by Ayushman Initiative for Child Rights (AICFR) in association with Initiative for Scientific and Public Awareness Target (ISPAT) and Kalyan Kumar Mitra Education and Research Society (KKMERS ) at ICCR on Thursday.
Arijit Mitra, honorary secretary of AICFR, said the general idea about child protection revolves around trafficking and sexual abuse but it is also important to ensure protection of rights of kids, who suffer from parental alienation and trauma when they get separated from either of their parents, reported TOI.
Justice Samaresh Banerjea, former judge of Calcutta HC, said bickering among couples affects kids tremendously and unhappy childhood is a dangerous thing.
This was followed by a panel discussion on shared parenting, causes and consequences, merits and demerits.
Ananya Chakraborty Chatterjee, chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said,
It is necessary to break gender stereotypes and any discussion on shared parenting should focus on sharing responsibilities.
Saheli Ganguly, consultant clinical psychologist, feels that kids are mostly affected when they are used for spying over parents. He said,
It is best to accept and make the child understand that his/her mother and father are no longer ‘best friends’ but as parents they are always there.
Parenting consultant Payel Ghosh said the basis of many juvenile crimes and negative behaviours can be traced to unhappy childhood due to parental separation in family.
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