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NCPCR asks CARA to furnish all details of 3 siblings reportedly abandoned by their adoptive Maltese parents


Ambika Pandit 

NEW DELHI: Taking cognisance of a complaint, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Friday wrote to the Central Adoption Resource Authority to furnish all details within 24 hours regarding a worrying case where according to reports three Indian children who were adopted in Malta have been abandoned by their adoptive parents.

In the letter addressed to CARA on Friday, NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo has said, “the Commission is in receipt of a complaint through its E-Baal Nidan portal wherein it has been stated that the three siblings who were recently adopted to Malta were abandoned by their Maltese adoptive parents. lt has also been mentioned in the complaint that these children were adopted from lndia. Further, the complainant has mentioned the news report link which states about the incident”.

Kanoongo goes on to assert that, the Commission, therefore, requires CARA to furnish all the details of the children including their adoption papers, follow up reports, and all the relevant documents relating to the adoption to the Commission within 24 hours from the receipt of this letter. The NCPCR has shared with CARA the details shared by the complainant and the news report from the Times of Malta dated January 2.

It is learnt that the complainant Anjali Pawar, who is director of a Pune-based voluntary child rights organisation “Sakhee” had reached out to NCPCR through the online complaints system on January 31 highlighting the case.

After following up with CARA on the matter informally, the NCPCR on Friday wrote to the Authority giving them 24 hours to respond on the matter after it came across an interview of Malta’s social policy minister Michael Falzon who was when asked about the case of a family returning to the care of the state three Indian children, has been quoted by “NEWSBOOK” on January 21 to have reportedly said that the “exceptional case” was worrying especially after the couple claimed that the behaviour of the children was “impossible”. He added that when officials found out about the case, they did their utmost to find an alternative place for the children even as the minister admitted that there is much to be learnt from the case.

2023 Feb 10