The Kerala government on Saturday decided to inform the family court here of the application made by Anupama S Chandran, the daughter of a CPI(M) local committee member, whose parents put her baby up for adoption last year without her knowledge.
Minister for Women and Child Development Vena George said the state prosecutor was tasked with reporting the latest case to the Vantcheur Family Court, which deals with adoption issues.
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George also said the Department of Women and Child Development had been asked to consider the mother’s application and all other matters relating to the incident. “The Court of Vancheur has not yet issued the final order in respect of the adoption. In the circumstances, the government adoption agency has petitioned the court to inform him of Anupama’s application.”
The minister said the government’s position was that the child be with the same mother and the government decided to intervene before the final adoption order. “The child is currently in foster care. The adoptive parents register with the National Adoption and Resource Central Agency to adopt the child. All of these are monitored by the court. The final arrangement is yet to come. It is a complex process. But it is our policy that the child is with his mother.”
On Saturday morning, Anupama organized a hunger strike in front of the state secretariat demanding the return of her child to her. Upon hearing the news of the government’s decision to inform the court of her request, Anupama said she now hopes to get her child back.
“Very happy to hear that. Now I have hope to return for my child. We were planning to go to court after this protest. But now with this decision, I am happy and I hope to return for my child,” she told the media when asked about the government’s decision to go to court. Anupama accused her parents of forcibly withdrawing her newborn baby from shortly after her birth a year ago and claimed that although she had complained about it to the police several times since April, they were reluctant to file a case against the family members.
However, Peroorkkada police here said that a case was registered earlier this week against six people, including her parents, sister, husband and two friends of her father, and said the delay occurred while they were waiting for a legal opinion. In response to the developments, the leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, F.D. Satisean that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was taking the law into its own hands.
There is a land law prevailing in this country. Satisan said that CPI (M) ignores this and the result is that the daughter of a party leader is now protesting in front of the state secretariat and asking for her daughter. “Taking the child away from the mother is a criminal act,” Karat said. “I think the investigation is underway. We all have to stand with Anupama and make sure she gets her baby back.” Earlier in the day, various youth organizations organized a protest march to the office of the Child Welfare Committee.