Ensure safe return of child to mother: HC

The High Court of Karnataka has directed the Bangalore City Police to ensure that a seven-year-old girl of Canada-born is handed over to her mother safely.

Manju Malini Seshachalam, the child’s mother, has filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court seeking that her child is handed to her. A division bench comprising Justice R B Budihal and Justice K S Mudagal directed the police commissioner and secretary of the home department to take necessary action in this regard.

Manju Malini has stated that her husband Vijay Tirugnanam and his younger sister S Shalini have illegally detained the child since 2012.

The high court observed that since May 2012, the petitioner has been approaching Bellandur police, Bangalore city police commissioners and the home department in this regard but no one responded to her. The court directed that the father and his sister approach the city civil court with regard to the custody of the child. The child was born on June 4, 2010, in Oakville, Canada. The Hamilton Court of Justice in Canada dissolved the marriage of the petitioner with effect from February 21, 2012. The petitioner came to Bengaluru in 2011 with her child and left the child with her mother. Thereafter the petitioner’s husband and sister took the child with them and did not hand over the child back to the mother.

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