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Move to relax child adoption norms?

By K. Venkateshwarlu

HYDERABAD, MARCH 9. In a move that is bound to raise eyebrows, the Government is planning to relax norms relating to inter-country adoptions, paving the way for private placement agencies in the dock earlier, to revive their activities.

As the first step, the Government is proposing to withdraw the previous order that had banned adoption based on relinquishment, it is reliably learnt. Secondly, pressure is being mounted on the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) and the Women's Development and Child Welfare Department to review their earlier decision and consider granting permission to the charge-sheeted private agencies.

Child rights activists see red in the proposal. "The charge-sheeted agencies are already boasting that they would indeed get their licences back, saying it is just matter of time. They even show letters that have gone from the highest echelons to the department and CARA. It is indeed a disastrous move and there are hard times ahead again for Lambada tribals," said, Gita Ramaswamy, social activist, who had been fighting against foreign adoptions.

`Reversal of policy'

When contacted for their reaction, department officials remained tight-lipped, saying the issue was being dealt at the top-most level. But the activists see in the move, reversal of a policy tightened by the previous Government soon after the busting of the adoption and child trafficking racket, four years ago. In a clampdown at that time, agencies' premises in city, Tandur and Kakinada were raided, babies/children rescued, criminal cases booked and key persons taken into custody.

Adoption based on relinquishment was barred as fake documents were created on this count, to facilitate inter-country adoptions. CARA was asked to de-recognise the agencies caught dispatching children abroad on the sly in return for some fabulous amounts collected as "processing fee."

Notwithstanding the heat generated by the issue, a serious attempt is being made now to restore the permissions.

Point, counter-point

The argument put forward in favour of relaxing rules now is that the previous Government was forced to act tough as it was "misled by some activists." Welfare of the child being key to adoption, there was not much of a difference in giving it in adoption to either Indian or foreign adoptive parents, so goes another contention. Yet another familiar argument is that only handicapped and not so healthy children, "normally rejected" by Indian adoptive parents, were sent abroad.

For child right activists, these arguments look specious. They point to the police investigation revealing fudged records of relinquishment, child study and medical reports. While there was a long list of Indian parents eagerly waiting to adopt any child, a study revealed that agencies under scanner kept sending more children abroad, between 1996 and 2001.

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