In what is being seen as a retrograde step the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Delhi has ruled out making parental alienation a crime.
However, it made several recommendations to protect children of estranged parents.
The commission has also suggested that the women and child development ministry sets out guidelines guidelines over the rights of children because of the rising number of married breakdowns across the country.
NCPCR made the following recommendations:
Fresh child access and custody guidelines
- A draft protocol for managing children facing parental alienation
- Attaching mental health professionals and trained child psychologist to all family courts
- Making it mandatory for estranged parents to attend special workshops on children
- Asking judicial academies to train judges dealing with child custody cases.
Apart from these, the law ministry was requested to include subjects on parenting rights and duties in the curriculum of all law colleges.
NCPCR also wants legislation to make “shared parenting” mandatory.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the National Association for Alienated Parents is saying that one of England and Wales’ most respected judges has made it clear how devastating parental alienation is.
Lord Justice McFarlane in a speech to the NAGALRO Annual Conference said that recent reviews had not had much impact on children disputes.
Lord Justice McFarlane said, part of the reason for the failure was the removal of legal aid, which ended the plan that cases would be resolved by mediation. He sets out two ‘thoughts’ to make a difference to dealing with these disputes.
Divorcing parents could lose custody or be denied contact with their children if they attempt to poison them against their former partner, under a new plan by Cafcass.
The plan is designed to tackle parental alienation.
Cafcass – which has been criticised for being slow to tackle the issue – said the problem is widespread and occurs in a most of the 125,000 cases it deals with each year.