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Indian American In Custody Row Gets Bill Named After Her In US Congress

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The dogged determination of an Indian American woman fighting for the custody of her twin sons, whom her ex-husband had abducted, has paid off. Bindu Philips has got a bill named after her, which will soon be introduced in the US Congress, News India Times reported.

The “Bindu Philips and Devon Davenport International Child Abduction Return Act of 2017” is to be added as a new bill that will automatically remove tariff benefits for countries that are found to be out of compliance in returning children home. In other words, any country that fails to return American citizens would lose trade benefits granted by the US.

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“Bindu Philips fought valiantly in India for over eight years for the return of her abducted twin sons, only to be given the incessant delays in India’s courts and little support from the Obama Administration,” said Rep. Chris Smith, Chair of the House panel on global human rights, in a statement.

Smith, author of the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act, is the brain behind introducing the bill. “Just recently, she was finally granted a short visit with her children in India, but the children’s father marred the time with harassment and monitoring, refusing to let the children and mother leave a hotel for 7 days,” added Smith.

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In December 2008, the New Jersey-based Bindu, her then-husband Sunii Jacobs and twin sons –Albert and Alfred — came to India on vacation. Sunni and his family abused Bindu and separated her from her sons. She was forced to return to the US childless, according to nj.com. Her sons are 16 years old now.

“Every day I awaken to the heart-wrenching reality that I’m separated from the children that I love more than anything in this world,” Philips told a US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing more than two years ago. “I am here because I can no longer fight the good fight on my own.”

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