Bangladeshi father accused of kidnapping his two children

A Bangladeshi father accused of kidnapping his two children and keeping them away from their mother in South Africa, has decided to break his silence.

The father contacted Weekend Argus to “set the record straight” about why he kept his one and four-year-old children thousands of kilometres away from their mother Chelsea Whittaker who resides in Atlantis.

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Alienated Children First’

A final report on parental alienation in other jurisdictions is currently being reviewed by the Department of Justice as part of a process examining whether policy or legislative changes are required in Ireland to deal with the issue.

Submissions received by the department in response to a consultation process launched in February by Justice Minister Helen McEntee on the same issue are also under review.

The aim of the consultation process was to seek the views of stakeholders and individuals around the issue of parental alienation.

In one of the submissions received in the consultation, One Family, a support group for one-parent families, says the concept of parental alienation is a “divisive, under-researched, and complex issue, which is often misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented”.

In its submission, titled ‘Alienated Children First’, it said the alienation of children from a parent is “a behaviour more commonly used by perpetrators of domestic violence”.

I Fear I’ll Never See My Son Again Thanks to His Father

My son’s father and his girlfriend removed my son from his therapy with a provider he had been seeing for years and set him up with a new counselor with no knowledge of past abuse allegations against my son’s father. They started building their case with the new provider, getting my 10-year-old son to make repeated statements about how terrified he was to return to my home.

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Investigating if psychosis-like symptoms (PLIKS) are associated with family history

Psychosis-like symptoms (PLIKS) occur in about 15% of the population, but it is unclear to what extent PLIKS share aetiological mechanisms in common with those for schizophrenia. We examined whether the presence of PLIKS was associated with a family history of schizophrenia (FH-SCZ), or with advancing paternal age, using data from 6356 children in the ALSPAC birth cohort who participated in a semi-structured PLIKS interview at 12 years of age. We found no evidence of association between FH-SCZ and suspected or definite PLIKS (adjusted OR=0.94, 95%CI 0.44, 2.00; p=0.880). There was weak evidence that advancing paternal age was associated with increased PLIKS (adjusted OR per 10-year age increase=1.23, 95%CI 0.99, 1.55; p=0.058). Although not a priori hypotheses, family history of depression (adjusted OR=1.28, 95%CI 1.04, 1.57; p=0.018), and younger maternal age (adjusted OR per 10-year age increase=0.62, 95% CI 0.47, 0.82; p<0.001) both showed stronger evidence of association with suspected or definite PLIKS. Overall our findings provide little evidence that these established risk factors for schizophrenia show a similar relationship with PLIKS, suggesting that the presence of PLIKS is unlikely to be a strong marker of early expression of the pathology underlying schizophrenia. Whether future studies of PLIKS will increase our understanding of mechanisms underlying the development of schizophrenia, or prove useful in prediction of this disorder, remains to be seen.


Nonclinical psychotic symptoms, sometimes referred to as psychosis-like symptoms (PLIKS), are commonly experienced in childhood1 and adulthood.

2 A wealth of research supports the theory that psychosis exists on a continuum3 and that subclinical psychotic-like symptoms in childhood significantly increase the risk of psychotic disorder and suicide in adulthood.1,  3,  4 Subclinical and clinical psychosis appear to share similar risk factors,3 which suggests that exploring the pathways to PLIKS during childhood may further our understanding of the etiology of psychosis.2,  4

Well-established psychosocial risk factors for psychosis include migration and urban upbringing.5,  6 Exposure to adversity such as socioeconomic disadvantage,7 family breakdown,8 and involvement in bullying9,  10 have also been associated with the development of this disorder. When considering the associations between urbanicity, residence change, and the development of psychosis in a Danish study, Pedersen and Mortensen6 observed that a change in municipality (rather than a change in address within the same municipality) led to an increased risk of psychosis. In Denmark, a change of municipality always leads to a change of school, which led the authors to speculate that the stress of changing schools might explain the increased risk of subsequent schizophrenia, that is, the urban risk may be partly explained by frequent change of schools.

Am I Normal?

The idea that we can judge something to be “normal” or “abnormal” is so ingrained that it is quite startling when someone questions its legitimacy. This is exactly what Sarah Chaney does in her excellent new book, Am I Normal? The 200-Year Search for Normal People (And Why They Don’t Exist), that looks at the surprisingly recent history of the concept of normal. Her writing synthesises work on the social construction of normality, pioneered in sociology and disability studies, with her own research, insights, and experiences.

Abuse of psychiatry for political and religious reasons

Abuse of psychiatry for political and religious reasons could have long-lasting negative consequences for psychiatry as a profession as well as damaging society’s trust in a medical speciality that is expected to be based on evidence and science. Psychiatry has been scrutinised more than any other medical speciality by human rights activists for posing social control over people.

5 With insufficient knowledge of the pathophysiology of most psychiatric conditions, poor access to curative measures, and the restrictive nature of involuntary admissions and coercive treatments, psychiatry will remain in the spotlight. Although many of these issues might not be addressed adequately in the foreseeable future, all mental health professionals should responsively take a strong stance against the political abuse of psychiatry by any government.

We declare no competing interests.


The psychological abuse which is inflicted as part of ritual abuse causes severe men-

tal and emotional suffering to the victims*

. Victims are subjected to profound terror as

well as to mind control techniques so severe that most victims dissociate* their memories

of the experience and lose their sense of free will.


1. Threats of punishment, torture, mutilation, or death of the victim, the victim’s family

or pets. Threats are heightened by carrying out killings of animals or human beings in

the presence of the victim, sometimes with the victim’s forced participation. Told that

it would be futile to disclose because “no-one will believe you.”

2. Threats against the victim’s property including threats that his/her house will be bro-

ken into or burned down if s/he discloses the abuse.

3. Told that family or other loving and protective figures are secretly cult members who

intend to harm the victim. Or made to believe that parents not only know, but have

chosen that their child be ritually abused. Told that s/he is no longer loved by family

or by God.

4. Told that his/her family is not the “real” family, that the abusers are in fact the child’s

“real” family. Victim is told s/he will be kidnapped and forced to live with the

abusers, apart from his/her family. Or told that parents no longer want the child and

approve of the cult becoming the child’s “new family.”