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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:02 am 
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Madhu Kishwar:
Child protection laws further marginalising the underclass
Part 2: Violating child rights on the pretext of ‘rescue’ operations
Sunday Guardian, 25 November 2017


"The Beggar’s Home staff badgered MANUSHI’s team about helping Nandini and her family learn some other skills so that they didn’t have to “beg” for a living. Our team tried to explain that Nandini was a traditional art practitioner, not a vagabond bhikhari. But the Home In-Charge was unconvinced. She said if the government considered it to be begging, they had no choice but to implement the law.
    When we pleaded for mercy on account of Nandini being pregnant, the Superintendent began pouring out the problems faced by the Home. She said they were severely short-staffed. In case of a medical emergency, such as a pregnant woman like Nandini going into labour at night, the Home did not even have a vehicle to take her to hospital. The Superintendent told us she would be only too happy to release Nandini and lessen the burden on the Home, but it could not be done without a court order. She allowed us to meet with Nandini in her presence. As we were leaving Nandini begged us tearfully with folded hands to get her out of the Beggar’s Home at the earliest."


"For the following week Nandini’s relatives went to court every day but were not given the order. Finally, they had to pay a bribe to get it.
    Even then, their problems were not at an end. When the family reached the Beggar’s Home they were told that Nandini could not be released as the order did not mention her daughter Anjali. It took another round of court proceedings for Nandini and Anjali to be released."


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"Two Nat children, 5-year-old Kabir and 7-year-old Umman, were picked up by the police soon after a performance. The police had been alerted by an NGO named “Light Life Freedom” that purports to “save women and children from sexual slavery”. The children were taken to a “protection home” operated by this NGO."

"The judge was jolted into compassion by Dilkumar’s pleas. He summoned the children for an in-chamber hearing. Kabir and Umman told us later that they were quizzed on whether they liked living in the children’s Home and the food there. Umman said she told the judge that they were miserable there. Owing to strict gender segregation in the Home she was not allowed to see her brother. She broke down telling the judge how it was bad enough to be kept apart from her parents, but being barred from seeing her brother though he was in the same building was agonising. She also told the judge that the food in the Home had no salt or spice and that she would any day prefer food cooked by her poor parents.
    The judge thankfully released the children. But he also ordered that the children must be educated and not used for performances by the family. He warned that a repeat of the offence would make things extremely difficult for them."


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 Post subject: Re:Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in India
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Sunday Guardian's introduction to the article:

In this edition of our ongoing series, Global Child Rights And Wrongs, in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.on, academic and human rights activist Madhu Kishwar continues her harrowing description of the mistreatment of families of the impoverished Nat community under poorly thought-out child- and social-welfare laws. Part 1 of this essay was published last week with the title "Child protection laws further marginalising the underclass".

  

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 Post subject: Re:Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in India
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Madhu Kishwar's article, Part 2, is now also on SaveYourChildren.in, with a different title:

Madhu Kishwar:
Part 2: Indian NGOs and Child Welfare Committees traumatise Nat children in the name of “child protection”
SaveYourChildren, 27 November 2017

  
SaveYourChildren's introduction:

"Rescue or Persecution?
Well-known academic, writer and human rights activist Madhu Kishwar continues her harrowing description of the mistreatment of children of the impoverished Nat community under poorly thought-out child and social welfare laws. Part 1 of this essay was published last week. The Nats are an impoverished community of wandering acrobatic performers, whose performance traditions go back hundreds of years. Rather than uplifting Nat children, the Indian child rights laws along with NGOs, police and Child Welfare Committees implementing them are compounding the problems arising from their parents’ poverty and lack of work opportunities. It is high time that people in public policy wake up to the fact that welfare interventions, well-intentioned as they may be, can end up being oppressive to the very people they are supposed to help. Madhu Kishwar’s essay on the Nats will be published in several parts over the coming weeks, with a more detailed version with video recordings of interviews with Nat families to be published on the website of her organisation, MANUSHI. This article was originally published by the Sunday Guardian on 25 November 2017 with the title Violating child rights on the pretext of ‘rescue’ operations as part of our weekly series in collaboration with them called ‘Global Child Rights And Wrongs’."


  

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Christopher Booker:
Corrupt practices disguised as child-welfare campaigns
Sunday Guardian, 2 December 2017

  
"In each case the social workers produced in court the most extraordinary trumped up charges to justify what they had done. At least in one, a judge eventually returned three children to their parents, after finding that there was not a shred of evidence to support the social workers’ claims.
    But in the other, after a series of bizarrely one-sided court hearings, a senior judge ordered the little girl to be sent for adoption. Only recently has it emerged that, now she is 16, she has been able to escape to be re-united with her parents, and that while in adoption she was seriously abused and emotionally damaged."


"In each case the police had forcibly assisted the social workers to remove the children into the “care” of the state. In one case this was in a school car park and, simply for protesting, the father was locked away in a nearby mental hospital."

"Following my accounts of these horror stories, I was contacted by several experienced experts, including a Member of Parliament, who told me that the two cases I had described were merely the tip of a vast iceberg."

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"The parents find themselves in court ranged up against batteries of lawyers, supposed “psychological experts” and judges who are all on the other side against them. Even the lawyers given by the state to represent the parents themselves normally seem only too eager to side with the social workers in wanting the children to be removed.
    The most popular reason now given for removing children from their parents is not that they have been physically abused or neglected, but that they face “the risk of emotional abuse”."


"In other words, the system has become horribly corrupted from the initial high-minded ideals for which it was set up in 1989. And what makes this even more shocking is all the evidence we have come across in recent years of how other countries, including Norway, Holland and the USA, are developing “child protection” systems in many ways disturbingly similar to the one we are so familiar with in Britain ."

"And lurking behind them is an immense financial racket whereby most of the arrangements for fostering and adoption are now made by a handful of agencies, almost all run by ex-social workers, paying themselves up to £450,000 a year. These have become hugely successful commercial businesses (one a year or two back was sold to a Canadian pension fund for £130 million)."

My comments to Christopher Booker's article are superfluous. The article is as clear as can be.
    I tried to post a comment, though, but the comments program at SG is not working properly. I got one version up which included my comment, then later versions and updatings had either one comment, from one Kathleen, or no comments at all. Here is what I posted:

The world-wide spread of child "protection"
Submitted by Marianne Skanla... (not verified) on Sun, 2017-12-03 14:21
    Christopher Booker is absolutely right about Norway. The situation is very bad here and has been for at least 30 years, but has long roots before that. Way ahead of the other Nordic nations, though, is Sweden, where these atrocities carried out against children have been in action and perfected even earlier and even more thoroughly. It is wildly ironic that in the last few years, the odd family under attack of the CPS in Norway has been able to escape to Sweden and have Swedish social workers agree with them that Norway is off the track. It probably spells "childish" jealousy; Sweden has not mended its ways anyway.
     It seems somewhat accidental in which countries some publicity about this popular way of running "social work" succeeds in reaching the surface and at what times. I had contact with small organisations as well as single individuals trying to fight the child-removal racket in Britain and the USA in the 1990s.



    

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 Post subject: Re:Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in India
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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Christopher Booker's article:

The draconian child-protection laws that many European nations are now adopting are disturbingly similar to what has been going on in Britain for years. A veteran English journalist weighs in.

In this week's installment of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, we take a look at the child protection system in Britain, which has been, since the 1980s, at the cutting edge of experiments with child-protection laws. Britain was one of the first countries to introduce public-private partnerships in child protection, and today its child protection system is heavily commercialised. Britain has also been a leading proponent of "forced adoption" which is the adoption of children to non-related third parties even when they have parents or other family willing, indeed begging, to raise them. Britain is also the first country to propose a law against unloving parents – a Bill, popularly called "Cinderella's Law", was introduced in the British Parliament about two years ago that would make parents criminally liable for such things as ignoring a child, making it feel unloved and comparison with siblings. Many questionable theories of medical diagnosis of abuse, such as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, where children fall ill repeatedly for no apparent reason, are diagnosed as "abused" by their parents, or "Non-Accidental injury", where parents are blamed for unexplained injuries or deaths of their infants, have either originated in Britain or found wider acceptance there than in any other developed country. In this essay, the well-known Englih journalist Christopher Booker surveys the dark consequences of these experiments with child protection. India, as a country that is in the process of implementing a Western-inspired child protection programme, has much to learn.

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 Post subject: Re:Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in India
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Christopher Booker's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under a different title:

Governments Removing Children from Families on Inadequate and Fraudulent Grounds
SaveYourChildren, 4 December 2017


The contents are identical. SaveYourChildren adds some information and links to other material about child protection in Britain below the article.

  

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 Post subject: Re:Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in India
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Article in Norwegian which summarises Christopher Booker's:

Britisk gravejournalist har avdekket grunnløs inngripen fra barnevernet, advarer Norge mot å følge britisk modell
(British investigative journalist has uncovered CPS action without cause, warns Norway against applying British model)
Resett.no, 4 December 2017

Lots of comments under the article. Note: It is normally quite all right to comment in English in online Norwegian publications, if any readers here should feel so inclined.

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SaveYourChildren.in in New Delhi has found Resett's online article and commented on child protection in Norway and Britain in the light of the Sunday Guardian article series:

Western Critics of Child Protection Services Are Having To Turn To India To Be Heard  –  Special Report
SaveYourChildren, 5 December 2017

  

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Joe Burns:
Don’t look at the West for lessons on child protection
Sunday Guardian, 9 December 2017


"Thousands of years of human evolution in any culture has developed the family as the ultimate “Child Protection System”. As adults we have an instinct to see children as more vulnerable than adults. Even children have an instinct to look after babies and more vulnerable children. We have even seen this in the animal kingdom where wild animals will protect other young animals or even children where they would normally prey on them. It’s important to realise that this is “instinct” and not “culture” or “religious ideology”. The vast majority of children are very well protected by family and communities. This is as nature intended and we do not need to be taught this."

"I would especially warn people to be cautious of the agendas and lobbying of children’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) posing as “charities”. I believe some politicians will be led to support the NGOs and will try to push the agenda of emulating the worst excesses of the Western system of Child “protection”, and eventually start an “industry” around it.
    Believe me when I say, the West has nothing to teach India on the topic of family or child protection. As many Indian citizens have learned in the Western world, you can lose your child forever on the whim of a government official. Ireland, the UK, Norway, the USA and Canada have nothing to teach India about the protection of children, as they are the worst possible examples of abusing children in the name of child protection."


"... The Child Protection System of India is about to evolve, just as it is in other countries. India has an opportunity to develop a world-class system of child protection. I would urge people not to follow the example of the West.
    I would especially urge people not to allow a separate system of justice in establishing family courts. To have a situation, as we do in the West, where you are innocent in the criminal justice system, and yet you are punished with the removal of your children in the family courts, is incompatible with human rights."


It is very valuable to get this voice from Ireland. It confirms, once again, that child protection is off the rails in the Western world generally, and that a showdown is needed, confronting the underlying ideology underpinning it. Burns writes:

"To understand the problems with Western child protection, you need to understand the ideology of social work and sociology. At its core, these disciplines hold the opinion that: Family is an outdated concept with its vestiges in our tribal roots.
    This understanding of the family, which has its roots in eugenics, is very much at odds with nature. Eugenics has been around for centuries, but became popular in the early 1900’s. Eugenics was rejected after the Nazis in Germany used it for their Lebensborn Program [a state-sponsored program in Nazi Germany for promoting the birth of “Aryan” children so identified on the basis of Nazi theories of racial purity]. It was believed that human conditions could be “bred” out of society in the same way that animals are bred to a specific purpose. Of course, nothing was known at the time about DNA or genetics. It was thought that preventing poor people from having babies would eliminate poverty."


  

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Joe Burns' article:

Emulating the Western ideas of child protection, which grant the nanny state all powers to monitor and even abduct children, is likely to do more harm than good to India’s robust social fabric.

In this week's edition of Global Child Rights and Wrongs in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in we have prominent international activist and critic of Western Child Protection Services (CPS), Joe Burns from the Republic of Ireland. Over the last decade, Joe Burns har helped numerous innocent families facing persecution by European CPS agencies, providing them with moral support, advice on how to regain their children, helping wrongly accused parents to get media attention and organising protests on their behalf. He has also written an informative book on this issue called Secret Court-Child Protection or Child Abuse? Readers will be interested to know that there are several Indian families among those whom Joe Burns has helped. Like many activists in the worldwide resistance against CPS atrocities, Joe Burns has com to this field not as a professional but out of compassion and concern for the suffering he has witnessed of families torn apart by CPS. In fact, it is the professionals in sociology, psychology and social work and children's NGOs who are, sadly, the greatest defenders of this horrendous system – a system that Joe Burns warns India not to adopt.
  

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Joe Burns' article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under a different title, and including several links:

India Should Not Adopt A Western-Style Child Protection System
SaveYourChildren, 4 December 2017

  

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