On 17th June,
2019 a Press Meet was
held at the Press Club, Kolkata by Ayushman Initiative, commemorating Father's
Day. Ayushman is a non-profit organization working for Child Rights
in the areas of Parental Alienation and Shared Parenting for children caught in
the midst of marital disputes and custody battles. Consequently, the theme of
the Press Meet was “Father-Child Relationship” and the role of
the Government and Judiciary in cases of Parental Alienation & Shared
The event covered the following areas –
What Ayushman stands for an introduction
of its board members
Significance of Father’s day and the
purpose of the Press Meet
A Presentation detailing the “Objectives
Discussions on the existing scenario of
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)
Expectations from the Government and the
A brief insight into Father and Child
Issued faced by Fathers with various
Schools on the admission of their Children
This was followed by the release of a newsletter from Ayushman
which happens to be the opening issue. The main objective of Ayushman as
highlighted is ensuring the Right of a Child to have equal access to both
Parents in cases of marital discord and custody issues. Other objectives
include implementation of UNCRC guidelines on Child Rights across all levels in
the country. Ayushman feels this can be achieved through sensitization of the
Judiciary on Shared Parenting and also of the various Government bodies like
DCPU, CWC, SCPCR, NCPCR and WCD. Keeping in mind the severity of the issue,
Ayushman wants Parental Alienation to be recognized as Child Abuse as it denies
the fundamental rights of a Child, of a Father and a human being.
In the goal towards 'Shared Parenting', a modern concept practiced
in many developed countries, the event emphasized a burning issue of the the society which is the denial of the Fathers their legitimate right of Parenting.
In most cases of marital disputes, Children are used as tools in
the fight against the opposite Parent. With the Fathers being denied their legitimate
rights of Parenting and the Children getting caught in the crossfire of Court
battles, with each passing day, the Children are getting completely alienated
from their Fathers and that too in a growth phase where they are gradually
learning about the whole ecosystem of this world.
This highly obtuse, intimidating and forcefully induced 'Parental
Alienation' of the Children in their prime growth phase is actually being
subject to a form of Child Abuse and a disease called the “Parental Alienation
Syndrome (PAS)”. It may be noted that PAS has been recognized by the World
Health Organization (WHO) as a disease classified under ICD-11 in
their meeting held in May 2019.
Another very important aspect discussed was the admission of
Children to Schools without the knowledge of one of the Parents. As such, The parent or the Father, as the case may be, remains in the dark about the School
to which the Child has been admitted to and is not able to know and contribute
to the various school activities and growth and development of the Child.
Ayushman strongly argued the implementation of universal standards in this regard
in India as present in any developed country, whereby, it is compulsory for
both Parents to be present for the admission of the Child to School and also
informed of the progress in School on a periodic basis.
Thus on Father's Day, Ayushman has taken a strong initiative to
highlight the plight of Fathers who are separated from their children and to
make the society aware of this ever-growing social epidemic that is
destroying the human capital and future of this country.
The meet was graced by the august presence of the guests of the
evening Dr. Adrija Rehman Mukherjee, Consultant Physician from UK &
Specialist in Family Medicine of Apollo groups and Md. Mammar Zaki, Lawyer of
Calcutta High Court.