Supreme Court On child adoption process: Temple of Healing NGO told the court that there are more than 30 million orphan children across the country, while people adopt only 4,000 children every year. On this, the Supreme Court on Friday (October 14) expressed concern over the delay in the process of adopting children and asked the Center why no steps are being taken to simplify this process.
The Supreme Court termed adoption of children as a humane thing and said that children living in orphanages wait for someone to adopt them in the hope of a better life. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dhananjay Y Chandrachud said, “There is a delay in adopting children. People have to wait for three to four years. Why is there a delay in adopting children? Central Adoption Why is the Resource Authority (CARA) not doing anything about this?”
‘The process has become a sham’
The Supreme Court has made these comments at a time when the court was hearing two petitions related to flaws in the process of child adoption. The petition said that this process was delaying the adoption of children and the entire process had become a sham.
‘More than 30 million orphan children in the country’
Temple of Healing, one of the petitioners, said its founder Piyush Saxena informed the court that only 4,000 children are adopted annually in a country with over 30 million orphans.
Saxena told the Supreme Court that the problem could be solved if the adoption process under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) is allowed to be processed in family courts without the interference of CARA.
Court called child adoption humanitarian
A bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra, which was hearing the petitions, said, “This is a human thing. People want to adopt children and are dying to adopt children.” After this, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati asked the court for additional time to file its reply on the petition.
After this, the court listed both the petitions for hearing on October 30 and gave time to the Center to file its reply. During this, the court said that the practical difficulties arising due to delay in adoption should be considered.
The court further said that there could be a couple who wants to adopt a child at the age of 26 and when the time for adoption comes, they are 32-33 years old. By then, the status of the parents and the status of the child to be adopted also changes.
Court asked to find a solution
On this, Bhati informed the court that identification of children is a time-consuming issue as the Center wants to be completely assured about the safety and future of the children. We want to be a partner in this process. After the court order, we have taken many steps. Apart from this, the court also agreed to examine all aspects of the case on the next date and even asked Bhati to sit with the petitioners and find some solution.
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