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    Indian schoolchildren participate in an awareness campaign rally to mark World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence against Children, in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Indian Minister Wants Visa Ban on Foreign Pedophiles

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    Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has written to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj requesting her to stop the entry of foreigners with a record of child abuse.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has requested the Ministry of External Affairs to amend visa procedures to make it impossible for people with a history of child abuse to enter India.

    "[I] Have requested Sushma Swaraj ji to revise visa format so foreign nationals with criminal record of child abuse don't enter India," she said in her tweet to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    ​Maneka Gandhi (a daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi) said there is no provision in the present visa format for foreign national to declare their record of criminal prosecution.

    ​Maneka Gandhi wants the Indian visa format to include a declaration of criminal record.

    ​A conference on "National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse" held earlier in Delhi had also sought a mechanism to stop paedophiles to get entry into India.

    There have been several instances where proclaimed child abusers have got visas to enter India.

    Maneka Gandhi's fresh missive might have been triggered after the Hyderabad police arrested a US national, James Kirk Jones for downloading and uploading child sexual abuse material.

    It's not the first time that Maneka Gandhi has sought a change in the passport rules. Earlier she was successful in persuading the Ministry of External Affairs to do away with compulsorily naming the spouse in the passport application form.  

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