Women may get equal rights in adoption of children
New Delhi: Women in India may get equal
rights in guardianship and adoption of children as a
parliamentary panel today unanimously recommended that a bill
which seeks to amend two Acts in this regard be passed in
the present form.
The Personal Laws Amendment Bill, 2010 -- introduced in
the Rajya Sabha on April 22 -- was referred to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice for
eliciting public opinion on the issue.
In its report tabled in both Houses of Parliament, the
committee recommended that the bill be passed in the same
The report said the bill is an important legislation
aimed at strengthening women`s rights and that the personal
laws cannot be kept away from the principles of gender
equality and gender justice.
"The committee is of the view that the amendments
proposed in the bill would place the mother on an equal
footing with the father with respect to the right of
guardianship and the right to adopt," it said.
With this, the proposed bill, which seeks to amend the
Guardians and Wards Act (GWA), 1890 and the Hindu Adoption
Maintenance Act, 1956, is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha
during the ongoing Monsoon session.
According to the GWA, which applies to Christians,
Muslims, Parsis and Jews, if a couple adopts a child, the
father is the natural guardian.
The proposed amendment to the 120 year-old Act allows the
mother along with the father to be appointed as a guardian,
making the process gender neutral.
The bill provides for the mother to be appointed as a
guardian along with the father so that the courts do not
appoint anyone else in case the father dies.
The second amendment, proposed in the Hindu Adoption
Maintenance Act, 1956, (applicable to Hindus, Jains, Buddhists
and Sikhs) aims to remove the hurdles in the way of a married
woman to adopt and also give a child for adoption.
Presently, unmarried and divorced women as also widows
are allowed to adopt a child but women separated from their
husbands and engaged in lengthy divorce battles cannot adopt a
The new amendment would allow a married woman separated
from her husband to adopt with the consent of her husband even
during the time of divorce proceedings.
However, if he changes his religion or is declared to be
of unsound mind, no consent from the estranged husband will be
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- IAF Mirage fighter plane lands on Yamuna Expressway!
- 'Maggi' under regulatory scanner for excess amount of lead, MSG
- Watch: Michelle Obama's 'Gimme Five' fitness video
- When Subramanian Swamy shocked people at a wedding!
- Mumbaikars join hands to save Pakistani teen with rare illness
- DNA: Analysis of Hurriyat chief Syed Geelani's passport issue
- DNA: Analysis of traffic system of Vancouver, Canada
- Mumbai: Diamond export company denies job to Muslim youth
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 21, 2015
- Mirage 2000 fighter jet landing was part of capability demonstration: IAF
- DNA: IAF Mirage 2000 fighter plane lands successfully on Yamuna expressway
- DNA: Osama documents show 'Indian brother in Madinah' financed al Qaeda
- PM Modi's key campaign team member may join Nitish Kumar
- Woman robbed at gunpoint inside Hyderabad ATM
- Watch: Top 25 Headlines @10 am
- RBSE (rajresults.nic.in) Class 12th science and commerce results 2015: Rajasthan Board Class 12th XII exam results 2015 expected to be announced on May 21
- RBSE (rajresults.nic.in) Class 12th science and commerce results 2015: Rajasthan Board Class 12th XII exam results 2015 to be announced today at 4 PM
- CBSE Class 10 Results 2015 to be announced today?
- JAC 12th Inter Arts Result 2015: JAC 12th Inter Arts Result 2015 (jharkhandeducation.net) likely to be announced on Thursday May 21 at 1 PM
- IAF jet lands on Yamuna expressway
- Check Jharkhand Board jac.nic.in: Class 12th Art Results 2015 declared
- Log on to apeamcet.org AP EAMCET Results 2015: Andhra Pradesh EAMCET Marks and AP EAMCET Ranks 2015 declared
- Andhra Pradesh EAMCET results 2015: Andhra Pradesh EAMCET results to be announced on May 21 at www.apeamcet.org
- Fawad Khan doesn’t want intimate scenes with Sonam Kapoor?
- We hire only non-Muslim candidates, diamond export firm tells Muslim youth
- Is MSG in 'Maggi' noodles harmful for you?
- DHSE (dhsekerala.gov.in) 12th Result 2015: Kerala DHSE Class 12th XII exam results 2015 to be announced on May 21
- Mumbai firm booked for denying Muslim MBA graduate job on religious grounds, probe ordered
- SSLC (tnresults.nic.in) Tenth 10th Results 2015: Tamil Nadu Board Class 10th X Higher Secondary exam results 2015 to be declared on May 21
- 'IAS officer DK Ravi possibly committed suicide, suffered big loss in real estate business'