Adoption row: Govt takes note, issues notice to Child panel

DC |5 December 2013

Mysore: Taking suo motu action on reports which appeared in Deccan Chronicle, the director, Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) has ordered an investigation into the move to give two orphans from Mysore for adoption to an Italian couple without the knowledge of their guardians and has served notices on the Child Welfare Committee of Mysore and Bapuji Children’s Home.
Vatsalya Charitable Trust(VCT) in Bengaluru has been ordered to shift the children to a government home for boys in Mysore. The DWCD director perused records pertaining to the children before taking action, they revealed. The CWC Mysore and Bapuji Children’s home have reportedly been asked to explain why they failed to conduct an inquiry before declaring the children free for adoption and the department’s deputy director was asked why he failed to see the flaws.

Arun Dhole, a researcher from Germany, notes that although the Mysore CWC ordered the children to be shifted to VCT on May 15, 2012, certified copies obtained from the City Civil and Sessions Court in Mayo hall reveal the children were declared as legally free for adoption only on September 29 that year. “ it is astonishing, that the children were transferred to VCT, an inter-country adoption agency, before being declared free for adoption,” he contends.