India rules out irregularity in adoption of children to Denmark ... p;id=39375

New Delhi, Jun 15: India today ruled out any irregularity in the adoption of children from an orphanage to Denmark after an initial inquiry revealed that the adoption was done after the consent of biological father.

The Central Adoption Resource Agency, a nodal agency under the ministry of Women and Child Development, had ordered an investigation into the media reports of Denmark suspending all adoption from India as a documentary showed a parent claiming that his children were taken away without his consent.

According to CARA Chairman J.K. Mittal, a preliminary inquiry has since been undertaken and it has come to light from available documents that the biological father himself approached the concerned adoption agency in Pune through a social worker to make his four children available for adoption/rehabilitation and they were not abducted.

The inquiry report said that on a stamped paper, the biological father gave his consent on April 9, 2002 to the concerned agency 'Preet Mandir' to place his four children for adoption. This consent forms part of the relinquishment deed, which was signed, by his sister and brother-in-law as witnesses and the same was countersigned by the Chairman, Juvenile Welfare Board. The deed was written in Marathi, the mother tongue of the biological father who is stated to be a matriculate so it could easily be understood by him, the report said.

Earlier, the license of the concerned adoption agency--Preet Mandir- was suspended but was recently revoked temporarily. A CBI inquiry into the activities of the agency was also awaited.

A documentary film broadcast in Copenhegan recently had shown orphanage manager J Bhasin, filmed with hidden camera, saying that a child cost 7000 dollars. The Denmark Government said children adopted in Denmark could not be bought and it was also against international law, so it suspended all adoption from India.

The documentary showned one Ramesh Kulkarne alleging that after his wife's death, he had put his two children temporarily in the orphanage, but he was barred from seeing them there for years. In April this year, he learned that his children had been adopted in Denmark through AC International Child Support.

--- UNI ... p;id=38092 ... 920900.htm ... 118429.cms
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