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IIT prof runs from pillar to post to get son's custody from Chinese wife

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

When he married Chinese national in 2013, K would not have thought that three years down the line he would be running from pillar to post for getting custody of his newborn son after his wife refused to come back to with their child.

The professor, who had moved the for remedy, yet again suffered a setback when he was asked by the judges to pursue legal remedies available to him in

The couple had gone to in December 2015, eight months after their son was born, for vacation. While he had to come back in January 2016 as classes in IIT would resume by then, she had stayed back to attend the festivities.

On February 14, 2016, when the wife was to board the flight to she sent him a message, saying she was not returning and their son would remain with her.

When more than two years of correspondence with the here, the Indian Embassy in and the here as well as his visit to his wife's permanent residence in China yielded no results, he moved the seeking custody of his son.

The habeas corpus plea by Thomas came up for hearing before a bench of Justices S and who asked him to first pursue the legal remedies available to him in that country.

As the court did not appear inclined to entertain the plea, Sanyam Khetarpal, appearing for Thomas, withdrew the petition.

Anurag Ahluwali, appearing for the (MEA), told the court that the had taken up the matter with their counterparts in China who had replied that the husband should try and settle the dispute via negotiation or through legal channels.

The Hague Convention protects children under 16 years of age from wrongful removal by one of the parents from the custody of the other. However, is not yet a signatory to it and therefore, this option is not available to Thomas.

In his plea, Thomas had claimed that there were no marital disputes and it was his wife's family who were preventing her from returning to India or giving him the custody of their child.

He had also alleged that when he visited his wife's native place in province of the People's Republic of China in May this year, he found that she had moved from there.

Thereafter, he managed to track her down and see his son after more than two years. The last time he had seen his son, he was just eight-nine months old.

Saddened by the conditions in which his son was being kept there, he urged his wife to return with him, but she refused, his petition said.

According to his plea, his son, born at Chennai, had an Indian passport when they had travelled to China in 2015.

However, a new identification document has been created for his son now by the wife in which the father's name is absent and the place of birth is shown as China, the plea alleged. The name of the boy has also been changed, it said.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:05 IST