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No child should be called ‘illegitimate’, parliamentary panel calls for new law on adoption

New Delhi: There is a need to bring a new and comprehensive law in terms of child adoption and the process related to it. A parliamentary panel examining the sensitive subject said the process should be made easier and more accountable.

The panel headed by BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi says that a unique situation prevails in India, where on one hand a large number of families are finding it difficult to adopt children, while on the other hand a large number of children are beggars on the streets.

The committee warned that 762 children died in specialized adoption agencies between 2018-19 and 2021-22.

Further, the panel also took note of the word ‘illegitimate’ used in some laws to describe children and said that no child should be described in this manner. The 118th Report of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice was laid before both the Houses of Parliament on Monday.

The committee looked at the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act and the Juvenile Justice Act and observed that both have their merits and demerits.

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