Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Wednesday assured assistance to relatives of a couple whose infant was taken by the United States (US) authorities over alleged ‘manhandling’. Earlier, the family had called a protest in Jaipur beginning Thursday.
“We spoke to CM Vasundhara Raje who assured us of personally looking into the matter,” said Abhishek Pareek, brother of Ashish Pareek, who hails from Jaipur and works with Tata Consultancy Services in Jersey City, New Jersey, US. Ashvid, son of Ashish and Vidisha and now nearly three months old, was put in foster care after he sustained head injuries.
Abhishek, however, clarified that the protest has only been “postponed” as they will wait and watch if the government actually proceeds with any assistance.
In a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Ashish, a project manager with TCS, said he had travelled to US on August 10, 2015.
As per the family, Ashvid was born on October 21, five years since the couple’s marriage.
However, on December 23, while they were getting ready to take the child to a paediatrician, he slipped from Vidisha’s hands, sustaining injuries on his head.
According to Ashish, the baby was rushed to a hospital but the hospital authorities involved the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DACPP) which suspected Ashvid to be suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) – a set of injuries in the head through which doctors may infer child abuse-and handed him to foster parents when he was discharged eight days later.
The couple filed a plea with a court in the US on January 4, seeking Ashvid’s custody, and the next date of hearing is February 16.
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