An American family-care facility in India is being sued by a US family-planning organization over allegations that the facility discriminated against its Indian clients.
Indian authorities in New Delhi are threatening to shut down the facility if the complaint is not dismissed.
The family-related care provider is a private facility in New Haven, Connecticut.
India’s Department of Family and Social Development, or DFSD, has threatened to shut the facility down if the lawsuit is not tossed out.
An Indian family-centered health and social service organization filed a complaint with the court last year against the family-planned care facility in the city of New Delhi.
In its complaint, the Indian group alleged that the facilities treatment of American clients and staff “is inconsistent with the Indian social contract.”
The DFSD said that the complaint alleges that the Indian staff members did not adhere to the health and welfare policies and procedures of the United States, which includes a requirement to provide “basic facilities, food, medical treatment, medical care and medical equipment” to all Indian clients regardless of whether they have health insurance or are financially dependent on the U.S. The DFSD also said that it was concerned that the staff members would not have adequate resources to help their clients in India.
“The DFSSD is concerned that any such discrimination would negatively impact the health of the Indian community in New York City,” the complaint said.
The family care facility has been open for at least seven years.
The American group filed its complaint in May 2016.
A US family planning organization called the Indian Family Planning Association of America (IFPA) filed a separate complaint last year with the courts against the same family-oriented care provider in New Rajasthan, India.
According to the complaint, there was a conflict of interest in the way the Indian facilities personnel treated American clients, because the American family planter was the owner of the facility and had a personal interest in it.
The Indian government also has a vested interest in keeping the American health care providers in India and keeping their facilities operational, the complaint alleged.
The complaint said that in its complaint to the court, the American group said that Indian employees “acted inappropriately toward American family members and the families of American patients, resulting in significant injury to the patients and their families.”
In a statement to The Hindu, the DFSD told The Hindu that the United Kingdom-based International Federation of Family Planning (IFFP) had “sued the American Family Planning Center in New New Delhi for discriminatory treatment of Americans.”
IFFP said that its members “have consistently raised the concern that the DFSS has not been following its obligations under the Family Health and Development Act (FHDA) and the Family Welfare and Support Act (FWSA).”
The statement said that IFFP is “in a position to bring a complaint against the Indian Government under FHDA,” and that IFIPA was “aware of the DFSA’s investigation into the complaint against American Family Planters in New India.”