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Reforms in family laws sought by CRISP

Reforms in family laws sought by CRISP

Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), a Bangalore-based NGO, fighting for the cause of children of separated parents has urged for early reforms in family laws.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, CRISP president, Kumar V. Jahgirdar, said his organisation was pressing for reforms in family laws such as granting of immediate and equal child access to separated parents and making co-parenting mandatory within 30 days from the date of filing a case for divorce; all cases related to custody of child/children should be disposed of within six months of application, and punishment for misuse of laws, particularly relating to dowry harassment and domestic violence.

Roshini Mathan Pereira, CRISP counsellor, said both parents are important for a child’s overall development. She said that there are instances when a parent who has the custody of the child misinforms the latter about the other parent and that affects the child’s development. She said that doing such a thing is nothing less than child abuse and it causes permanent psychological damage resulting disorders such as parental Alienation Syndrome and Reactive Associative Disorders.

Ms. Perera said a separate Ministry for Children was the need of the hour at the government level to maintain equity of law for both genders.

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