Foster care: It's time to think out of
10 May 2012
the debate that has sparked off in India on the back of the
Bhattacharya case about what we should be doing about child
welfare, we Indians should show some real confidence by
acknowledging the problem, but look for solutions by
thinking out of the ‘Western’ box.
must reject the ideology of the Western child welfare
services that makes a split between the interest of the
child on the one hand and the presence of parents and
extended family in its life on the
abuse and child battery are criminal offences and their
redress should remain in the domain of criminal law.
Splitting families should never be within the remit of a
child care worker who is not subject to the checks of the
criminal justice system. This brings us to another fallacy
in the thinking behind Western child welfare services.
There is a naive assumption that welfare institutions can
prevent child abuse."
of the facts about these social services are so startling
that you would have expected more public criticism against
them. But debate about child welfare services has been
greatly restricted by confidentiality laws that screen
their actions and decisions from public
sorry tale must not be repeated in India. We must robustly
reject setting out on a course that will leave us boxed-in,
as is the West, by the inhumanity of their child welfare