Goa: In the custody dispute, joy wins over Ganesh Chaturthi | Goa News

PANAJI: In a custody dispute, a court in North Goa has refused to allow a father access to his child overnight during Ganesh Chaturthi.
However, in order not to deprive the child of the joy of celebrating the festival of Lord Ganesh with his father and paternal family, the court allowed the father to visit his child during the day on September 18 and 19.
The court noted that it is important that the three-year-old child learns the customs and rituals of both parents and therefore celebrates the festival with both parents.
“In the present case, it is unfortunate that his parents are not together and therefore it would be fair that the child should have time to enjoy the celebration of the festival separately with both parents,” said the ad hoc Chief Civil Judge of the A Court, Panaji, Aruna Patrick Fernandes.
The court added that overnight access would not be in the child’s best interest until visitation hours were gradually expanded. This strengthens the bond between the child and the father, the court said, and the child feels safe in the mother’s absence.
The court granted the father access on September 18 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on September 19 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The decision, the court said, was made in the best interests of the child and solely for the purpose of the child’s welfare.
The father went to court and sought night access to the child to celebrate Hartalika and the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The child’s mother vehemently opposed his wish on the grounds that she also had to spend time with her son at festivals.
The court also held that the festival of Lord Ganesh is celebrated in almost all Hindu households in Goa with great fervor and pomp and the entire family comes together for the arti.
The father already has visitation rights twice a week and on Sundays for three hours each.

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