Prepare Written Testimony for a Family Court Case
You have been subpoenaed to appear in court to testify in a family court case. The case involves a family from a community that you have worked with extensively through your organization.
The Malik family immigrated from India to the United States just two years ago. Their youngest daughter, 15 year old Nisha, is at the center of this case. A social worker at Nisha’s school became concerned about her when she learned that her parents had arranged for Nisha to be married to a 42 year old man still living in India next summer. The social worker reported her concerns to the principal and eventually Child Protective Services was contacted and a case was opened. The State is now attempting to take away the Malik’s parental rights, arguing that the family’s plans to hold an arranged marriage constitute abuse.
It is your task to prepare an argument either for or against removing Nisha from the Malik home and placing her in foster care. Your written testimony will be comprised of several parts, each of which is detailed below.
Part 1: A Full Culturgram of Indian Culture
Conduct some research — either online or in the library — on Indian culture and complete the culturgram below in its entirety and properly cite your sources.
Customs & Courtesies
Dating & Marriage
Elaborate extensively on what you learn about religion, family, and dating and marriage.
Part 2: A Short Research Paper on Arranged Marriage
Conduct some research — either online or in the library — on arranged marriages in India and elsewhere. Write athree paragraph essay which summarizes what you have learned and properly cite your sources.
Part 3: Render Your Opinion
Based on your research on Indian culture and arranged marriages and your in-depth understanding of the sociological approach to understanding culture, family, and religion, render your opinion on whether Nishashould or should not be removed from the Malik’s home. Make sure that you justify your response sociologically. Your opinion and justification should be a minimum of three paragraphs.
Written Testimony Guidelines
Your written testimony must be well-written meaning it must utilize full sentences with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Your written testimony should be thorough, covering all three parts in their entirety and meeting or exceeding the stated length requirements.
Your written testimony should incorporate properly formatted in-text citations and a properly formatted works cited page.
Your written testimony should demonstrate that you have a thorough understanding of the sociological approach to understanding culture, family and religion.