When Preet Mandir 'kidnapped' a baby IBN LIVE (2006) 

Goa: After CNN-IBN exposed Preet Mandir's operations in Goa, the state government has cancelled their license to run the adoption centre.

But the cancellation alone cannot undo the ordeal of a 16-year-old unwed mother Lakshmi (name changed to protect identity) whose baby Preet Mandir forcibly attempted to take.

The boy she had been in love with and whose baby she was carrying, refused to marry her.

To escape social ostracism, Lakshmi decided to leave her village in Davangiri in central Karnataka and come to Goa to deliver the child.

Little did she know she had arrived at the newest base of the baby snatchers.

Her child was only 15 days old when a woman called Celsa Antao, an alleged agent of Preet Mandir, persuaded her into coming and staying here. That was when the trouble started.

"In Preet Mandir they wouldn't let me feed the child or even touch her. They even made me sign some papers and asked me to leave,” Lakshmi said.

However, Antao woman has a different story.

"My social workers in the field told me about this girl who as about to throw the child into the dustbin . That is why we sent her to Preet Mandir," Antao said.

Documents available with CNN-IBN revela how Lakshmi's baby was stolen:

Lakshmi's age was fudged and she was shown as a major.
She was then sent to Preet mandir with a recommendation for adoption
There she was made to sign adoption acceptance papers.
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'Baby snatcher' sends CNN-IBN notice (2006) 

Posted Tuesday , June 27, 2006 at 11:02 by IBN LIVE.

New Delhi: One week after CNN-IBN exposed a Pune-based adoption agency - Preet Mandir - of violating all adoption laws and selling babies to foreigners, its Managing Director, J S Bhasin, finally surfaced.

Bhasin has sent a notice to CNN-IBN under Section 500 of the Criminal Procedure Code to withdraw their reports and refused to answer any questions regarding the investigation.

At a press conference he also said that the public must not get carried away by the CNN-IBN expose on adoption.

At present the Centre and the state government are inquiring into Preet Mandir's activities.

The Central Adoption Resource Agency has also issued show cause notice Preet Mandir.

Preet Mandir and J S Bhasin are accused of selling children to couples and Bhasin was caught on camera by CNN-IBN negotiating a deal.

Evidence that the racket has political and administrative patronage is mounting, but the police say they are unable to take any action.

"We are still looking into the matter. We will see whether we or some other authority have suo motu power to lodge the complaint. Only then can we proceed. We need a directive from the concerned authority," said Pune Police Commissioner D N Jadhav.

According to the Juvenile Justice Act, the police can crack down on the racket only when the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) asks it to.

However, the Director of CWC in Pune, A K Banerjee, himself runs an adoption agency accused of exploiting children.

"Bannerjee runs an adoption agency called Sampark, which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Children are being sexually exploited at his agency," claims Ingrid Mendonca, who works for Actions for The Right of The Child.

CNN-IBN Special Investigation Team had, in another report, also exposed that only 11 agencies in Orissa have got the license to give babies in adoption, but the number of illegal adoption centres are manifold, with Rourkella having six of them.

Reacting to the expose, Orissa Women and Child Development Minister, Pramilla Mallick and Secretary Mona Sharma had said on Friday that the state government would waste no time in acting on the matter.

They went through the evidence presented by CNN-IBN, in which at least six adoption centres in Rourkela, including Global Village and Sahayog, have sold hundreds of babies in the name of adoption.

Global village is run by an IAS officer KP Sethi.

After seeing the story, Mallick has promised that not only the running of these adoption centres but also other such illegal centres will be inquired into and tough action will be taken within a week.

Mona Sharma says that the government did not have any knowledge of such illegal adoption centres thriving in the state.

She thanked CNN-IBN for their efforts in exposing the racket and said that the evidence provided by CNN-IBN will be used for taking action against fraudulent institutions.

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"Stop international adoptions" 

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AMSTERDAM – International adoption invites criminal practices and should be banned, says Roelie Post, a Dutch EU official who was responsible for the dossier on Romanian children from 1999 to 2005, the Volkskrant reports.

"Adoption is legalised child trafficking," Post says, who has carried out extensive research on the topic and gained insight into how children are "freed up for adoption."

Post says that the same methods are used all over the world to satisfy the enormous demand for children.

She says she is not surprised at the reports of illegal adoptions from India recently. "These kinds of scandals are par for the course," she said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news
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India demands return of adopted child 

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HILVERSUM – An Indian boy that was adopted by a Dutch couple six years ago must return to his country of birth. Indian authorities are demanding that the child undergo a DNA test and be reunited with his birth parents. A police investigation in India reportedly indicates that the child was not voluntarily put up for adoption but stolen and sold to an orphanage.

The television programme Netwerk reported this on Tuesday on the basis of the police reports and investigation in India. The Dutch adoption parents received a letter from the Indian police in February asking them to return the child.

The reports to which Netwerk has gained access show that the boy disappeared from his family's home in the middle of the night in 1999. In 2005 the Indian police arrested a gang of kidnappers who admitted they had stolen the boy and sold him to an orphanage. The child was put up for adoption via an adoption agency but it has now emerged that the release forms regarding his family history were forged, Netwerk reports.

When the biological mother heard that her child was still alive, she said she planned to do everything in her power to get the boy back. "Some people say: your child has a good life there, leave him be. But I am waiting for my child." Last year the mother started legal action to try and get her child back. The court has not yet made a definitive ruling.

The adoptive parents say the situation at hand is terrible, for the biological parents as well. It is unclear whether they plan to give the child back to the biological parents. The Dutch couple have called on the media to leave them alone in the best interests of the child.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news
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Netherlands probes illegal adoptions 

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The Hague - The Dutch ministry of justice has launched an investigation into alleged illegal adoptions of children from India.

The Indian authorities claim that at least 350 adoptions arranged by one orphanage were illegal. Fifty-three of the children were adopted by Dutch parents.

Last week a Dutch television current affairs programme showed Indian parents from the city of Madras claiming their child had been stolen from them six years ago. Later they discovered he had been given up for adoption to a Dutch couple with official adoption papers.

The Indian couple has filed a return request for their child with the Dutch Central Authority, the body responsible for the return of children illegally obtained abroad.

The report also showed evidence of the allegedly dubious role played by the Meiling Foundation, which mediated in Dutch-Indian adoption processes.

Following the broadcast, Rene Hoksbergen, former chair of adoption law at the Royal University of Utrecht, said the allegations were "likely to be true".

Money plays an important role, Hoksbergen said. Adoptions are a profitable business, especially from abroad. In India, orphanages receive more money from foreign than from national adoptions.

On Tuesday Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin of the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) said the Dutch youth care inspection authority has launched an investigation into the role of the Meiling Foundation.

The investigation will be conducted by an independent party, Hirsch-Ballin wrote in a letter to parliament.

On Tuesday, the Dutch prosecution office notified Hirsch-Ballin it does not yet see any reason to start a criminal investigation into the affair.

The justice minister said he would update the parents about any new developments and added that the "allegations that were made are very serious".

The Meiling Foundation said it would fully co-operate with the investigation by the justice ministry. Between 1994 and 2002 the foundation brought 53 children to the Netherlands. - Sapa-DPA
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