‘Law Must Yield to Justice’: Allahabad HC Allows Woman with 4 Biological Children to Adopt Minor Girl sattaex.com

Reported By: Salil Tiwari

Last Updated: February 15, 2024, 01:22 IST

The Allahabad High Court. (File image/Shutterstock)

The court acknowledged that legal restrictions exist against such adoptions, but emphasised that the child recognised the woman as her mother, and there was a reciprocal bond of love.

The Allahabad High Court recently permitted a woman, who is a mother of four biological children, to adopt a girl child. The court acknowledged that legal restrictions exist against such adoptions, but emphasised that the child recognised the woman as her mother, and there was a reciprocal bond of love. Consequently, it ruled in favour of the child’s best interests, allowing the woman to officially adopt her.

The bench of Justices Saumitra Dayal Singh and Manjive Shukla said, “While the law could not prevent the petitioner from giving birth to another child, it has been relied to deprive the petitioner from bringing up another child as her own. To take away X from the petitioner is the easiest part in law but it is not possible for law to find another set of parents X may identify as its own. Therefore, law must yield to justice…”

Additionally, the bench strongly emphasised that exposing the young girl to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) proceedings, which revealed her abandonment and foster care situation, was an unfortunate and unnecessary experience that should have been avoided for the child’s emotional well-being till she grew up enough to deal with the psychological trauma that may arise.

“Ignorance would have been bliss for X (the minor child)” the bench said.

The court passed the order in the writ petition moved by the woman assailing an order passed by the CWC Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad. The committee had rejected the petitioner’s application for the grant of foster care of the minor child.

In 2014, the child, who was only a few days old, had been handed over to the woman by a person from the third gender. The woman took care of the child until October 2021 when the same person abducted her.

Following the woman’s complaint to the CWC, the child was rescued and returned to her custody. However, a year later, the child was sent to a government shelter by the committee. Later, two individuals claimed the child as theirs, prompting a DNA test that ultimately disproved their biological parentage. Subsequently, when the woman sought foster care for the child, her application was denied by the committee.

The high court noted the woman’s sincere and genuine desire to be with the child. It pointed out that the woman had been visiting the child in the government shelter and had made complaints that she was not being given enough time to spend with the girl and also she was not allowed to hold the child in her arms.

The court explicitly highlighted that the counselling report of the child was self-speaking of the care offered by the petitioner to her till before her abduction and also as to the purity of the bond that exists between the petitioner and the girl.

“Clearly, it reflects that X had grown up in the knowledge that the petitioner was her mother. In absence of any adverse circumstance or report, that fact may have been enough to allow for foster care to have been allowed in favour of the petitioner,” it said.

The HC further opined that the order passed by the District Probation Officer, who had held the woman ineligible in law to take the child in adoption, was mechanical and wholly vague.

Therefore, the court allowed the woman to apply for adoption of the child and asked the CWC to grant custody of the girl over to the petitioner.

The court also directed the District Probation Officer to submit periodic reports with respect to the development of the girl, initially on a monthly basis for the first six months, and thereafter as and when required by law.

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