‘We should have a special adoption act’
Hashmi’s efforts made adoption easier for Muslims, Christians and Parsis
Muslims, Christians and Parsis in India cannot adopt, but they can have guardianship. But once your child reaches adulthood, there is legally no connection with you. I had challenged this in the Supreme Court, saying that every child has a right to family. I don’t think the Supreme Court gave me what I wanted, but they expanded the framework of the Juvenile Justice Act, under which any person can now adopt a child, whatever their religion. Now, people can adopt under the Juvenile Justice Act, although I feel that the country should have a new law for adoption, like the Civil Marriage Act. They should have a special adoption act that has nothing to do with religion.