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Government most likely to discard Bill related to “inter-parental child abduction” in India

The Bill deals with the child custody issues after the parents split across countries

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November 6, 2016: The Indian government is most likely to discard the proposed bill to deal with the “inter-parental child abduction” in India. Children of NRIs become victims of their parents’ marital dispute. The bill was drafted to protect these children by making India a part of the Hague Convention.

The Hague Convention seeks “to protect children internationally from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention and to establish procedures to ensure their prompt return to the State of their habitual residence, as well as to secure protection for the rights of access.”

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The most important objective was the establishment of a central authority that would have all power to make decisions in such cases. The authority would be headed by a joint secretary level officer.

The authority would have the power to decide all the cases. It suggested the formation of a central authority, which would have the power to make decisions in such cases, led by a joint secretary level officer. Any child, who has been forcefully taken, would be voluntarily returned to their residence. The authority would provide administrative arrangements regarding the safe return of the child. The authority would also facilitate the stipulation of legal aid or advice.

The WCD Ministry uploaded the proposal to pass the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Bill on its website in June 2016. The Bill was placed to ask for suggestions from people. However, the bill has been removed from the website.

“But nothing happened. Issues related to children welfare are not a priority for us. It’s about time now. The intention is not to punish parents but to rebuild the family,” said Anil Malhotra, international family law practitioner.

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The WCD ministry seems to be firm on their decision.

“We are very clear that we are not signing the Hague Convention. This is a decision collectively arrived at by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),” said a senior WCD Ministry official.

The problem has now got even worse as the children of India are now being abducted and taken abroad where they cannot be traced or legally returned. Conflicting child custody issues after the families split across countries are dealt under different legal systems of different countries.

Presently, Ninety-four states are part of the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The idea of the agreement to the Convention came in 2007, but the bill failed before even reaching Parliament.

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Inter-parental child abduction is a considered a crime in countries like US and Europe. The accused parents face charges of abduction and can go to jail. Sri Lanka made its own rules that give the court power to determine if the child should be allowed to stay or sent back to the country from where he was abducted.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?