Vivek Singh Vs Romani Singh – CIVIL APPEAL NO. 3962 OF 2016 – SC Feb 2017
Above SC judgment recognized the phenomenon of Parental Alienation Syndrome which children undergoing situation of separated/divorced parents can go through.
Excerpt from judgment below:
Psychologist term it as ‘The Parental Alienation Syndrome’ . It has at least two psychological 4 destructive effects:
(i) First, it puts the child squarely in the middle of a contest of loyalty, a contest which cannot possibly be won. The child is asked to choose who is the preferred parent. No matter whatever is the choice, the child is very likely to end up feeling painfully guilty and confused. This is because in the overwhelming majority of cases, what the child wants and needs is to continue a relationship with each parent, as independent as possible from their own conflicts.
(ii) Second, the child is required to make a shift in assessing reality. One parent is presented as being totally to blame for all problems, and as someone who is devoid of any positive characteristics. Both of these assertions represent one parent’s distortions of reality.