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Murdered Congolese woman’s child to be sent back to DRC


Congolese Embassy officials met the Child Welfare Committee of Ranga Reddy district on Tuesday at a state home where the daughter of Cynthia Vechel is lodged.

Cynthia Vechel is the woman who was allegedly murdered last week by her husband, Rupesh Kumar Mohanani.

They advised that the custody of the five-year-old must be handed to Vechlel’s family in Congo.

“The child needs joy to live her life. She is very young and should be with her mother’s family,” said an embassy official who requested anonymity.

The official added that Vechel and her daughter were living in India on expired visa. Mohanani had misplaced their passports and did not apply for Overseas Citizenship for the child. However, after Vechel’s death, the Congolese embassy secured a passport for her.

He said that the child cannot live with Vechel’s brother because he is residing in India without proper documents.

A legal officer from the District Child Protection Unit said that  United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) laws have an important say in this case as both, India and Democratic Republic of Congo are party to UNCRC.

Police inspector Harishchandra Reddy stated that a minimum of two months would be required to resolve the case.

A petition was filed by police on Monday to collect blood samples from the child in order to conduct DNA tests to identify her parents’ identities. The Rangareddy court gave permission for a DNA test on the girl on Tuesday. The court also granted three-day police custody of Rupesh to the police for further investigation.

According to a report, Indian shopkeepers in Kinshasha, the capital city of Congo, have kept their shutters down for a second day due to a rise in anti-Indian sentiment over the past week.

Indian Express

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