Police know the location of a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for alleged parental child abduction of a Surrey, B.C., boy, but can't get authorities in India to co-operate, RCMP say.
Parmonkar Singh Bassi is accused of fleeing to India with his four-year-old son, Yadhpreet Singh Senghera, last summer. But police in India say he has broken no laws, according to Cpl. Drew Grainger.
"Indian authorities don't recognize the laws as we see them here in Canada," Grainger told CBC News. "Thus, we're not getting as much co-operation from Indian police as what we would expect in this country."
'We can do something about Canadian children being abducted.' —Amanda Pick, Missing Children Society of Canada
India is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on International Parental Abduction.
According to court documents, Bassi allegedly arranged for the child to go to India using another child's passport.
Case part of growing problem
He is believed to have bolted with the boy following a routine visit with him in accordance with a custody agreement with Bassi's ex-wife.
Another B.C. man has been charged with helping Bassi allegedly obtain the document.
The case is part of a growing problem that politicians need to address, said Amanda Pick, head of the Missing Children Society of Canada.
"This needs to be brought to the forefront," said Pick. "We can do something about Canadian children being abducted."
Among other measures, Pick said she would like to see stronger exit controls at Canada's borders.