‘We should have a spe­cial adop­tion act’

Hashmi’s ef­forts made adop­tion eas­ier for Mus­lims, Chris­tians and Par­sis

India Today - - BIG STORY - Ac­tivist

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.

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