The South Asian Times

25 September 2018 01:25 AM

India to cancel OCI card of Sherin Mathews' parents, relatives in US

By IANS

Houston: India has decided to revoke the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards of the Indian-American adoptive parents of Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old girl found dead in a culvert in Dallas, and some of their relatives and friends.

Counsel General of India in Houston, Anupam Ray said India is cancelling the OCI cards of Wesley Mathews his wife Sini and the couple's some relatives and close associates as public opinion in India on this issue is inflamed and travel of these people to India is not in public interest.

Manoj N Abraham and Nissy T Abraham, friends of the Mathews family, were among the first to receive a notice of cancellation of the OCI, which they have challenged in Delhi High Court.

Wesley's parents are also in the list.

"India has not forgotten this little child and in public interest, the Consulate will recommend their names for insertion in the 'Blacklist' maintained by the Government of India at the earliest,” the Counsel General of India said.

After Houston Consulates extensive research on this case, "It has come to the knowledge of the Consulate through diplomatic and privileged sources that Manoj Abraham and Nissy T Abraham have been in close contact with the adoptive parents of Sherin Mathews before, during and after the murder," Ray said.

"We would have found out more about the circumstances of this heartless murder if Abraham had cooperated in providing information."

"The case is developing in Delhi, but our position on providing visa is unchanged," Ray confirmed. (PTI)

Update: 14 Sep, 2018

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