Adoption Not Yet Legal For Parsis – Some Clarifications

Adoption Not Yet Legal For Parsis

–       Some Clarifications

Noshir H. Dadrawala

My article “Adoption not yet legal for Parsis” published in the JJW of 16th September 2012 evoked a mixed response. A Parsi lady called me up the same afternoon to say that my article is, “misleading”. She went on to ask me if I have cared to read the Juvenile Justice Act (JJA)! A former trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet drew my attention to the Judgment delivered by Justice Rebello some years ago. In response to these reactions that I have received, a clarification from my side becomes necessary.

To begin with, let’s be candid and accept the fact that efforts over the past several decades by the government of India to pass a comprehensive secular law on adoption has failed on account of stiff opposition from non-Hindu communities, particularly Muslims and Parsis.

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