The father of a four-year-old schoolboy killed in a blaze deliberately started by his own mother has launched an online petition to make all court orders enforceable.
Jai Joshi, who lived with dad Paresh Patel in Hutton, near Preston, died in a flat fire in Liverpool in May 2014 along with his mother Janma who started the fire with petrol.
Paresh had full custody of his son, who was a pupil at Howick CE Primary School in Penwortham.
Jai had been staying with his mother for a week of the Easter holidays but she failed to return him. Paresh says despite a court order being made giving him custody and him repeatedly contacting social services, Jai remained in his mother’s care until the fire which claimed his life.
Paresh, a newsagent, is now fighting to make all court orders enforceable, to prevent similar tragedies happening to anyone else.
Paresh, who is married with two other children, said: “After Jai’s death, I learnt all court orders are not necessarily enforceable as they do not include powers for removal or enforcement.
“I cannot understand how an order made by a judge is not enforceable. Where is the deterrent or logic? What is the purpose of a judge?
“We have now started an offical Government petition to make all court orders enforceable.
“By including an enforceability paragraph in court orders, it will give relevant authorities the additional tools required to do their jobs more effectively.
“It is no longer about Jai as I know I can’t do anything for him.
“This is the last throw of the dice to do something in Jai’s memory and make changes to protect others in the future.”
At 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond to the petition and at 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament. Sign the petition at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/114867