The Foreign Ministry is urging German authorities to send Ariha Shah, the 27-month-old Indian girl who has been living in foster care in Berlin since September 2021, back to India at the earliest, her mother has “great hopes” datum. , she said in an interview with the PTI news agency.
Ariha’s mother Dhara Shah had previously said that she and her husband took the baby to a doctor in September 2021 after seeing blood in her diaper. They took Ariha home when the doctor cleared it, but when she was taken for a follow-up, the hospital handed Ariha over to German Child Protection and an attempt was made to accuse the parents of sexually abusing her.
“The MEA has issued a very strong statement asking the German authorities to return Ariha (Shah) to India at the earliest. This has given us great hope that Ariha will return to her country soon,” Dhara Shah told PTI.
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India claimed that it is important for the child to be in her linguistic, religious, cultural and social environment.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said Ariha’s continued stay in German foster homes and the “violation” of her social, cultural and linguistic rights is of great concern to the Government of India and parents.
“We would like to reiterate that Ariha Shah is an Indian national and that her nationality and socio-cultural background is the main determinant of where her foster care will be provided,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi.
“We urge the German authorities to do whatever is necessary to send Ariha to India as soon as possible, which is also her inalienable right as an Indian citizen. We remain committed to the return of Ariha Shah to India,” he said.
Dhara Shah said on Friday that if there is a prime ministerial intervention in the matter, her daughter can return to India.
CPI(M) MP John Brittas and 58 other MPs from 19 political parties signed a joint letter on Friday to the German ambassador to India for the repatriation of the two-year-old girl.
“59 MPs from 19 parties across the political spectrum have come together to provide a united voice for the repatriation of a two-year-old girl currently being held in German foster care to India,” the press release said.