#Child #Sexual Offenders Overseas Get Custody of Indian #Girls
There has been increased concern about India’s surrogacy laws, which are one of the least regulated in the world. It has allowed economic exploitation of poor women by their families for earning income by forcing women through repeated pregnancies, for “clients” overseas. Without proper regulation, now it turns out that this abuse extends to other areas also.
Recently, a convicted serial, child sexual offender in Israel got custody of a four-year-old Indian girl through an agreement with a surrogate mother in India. The Israel National Council for the Child (NCC) got an anonymous tip-off about the man and the welfare services say they have placed him under observation and ordered him to seek psychological treatment. However, they haven’t removed the child from this man’s care. According to a report, there is a rigorous background check conducted on new parents undergoing surrogacy and adoption within Israel. However people who adopt children from surrogates abroad are subjected are not subjected to the same.
This same story repeats with Indian children adopted abroad. India has one of the toughest adoption laws for overseas adoption, even though there are millions of girls in Indian orphanages who need loving homes and families. One of the reasons cited for why India is so strict with overseas adoption is that the government wants to ensure the children don’t fall into the wrong hands!
In 2008, Jennifer Haynes who had been adopted from India, was deported from the US to India. Jennifer had been adopted by an American couple from India when she was 8 years old. She moved to the U.S. where she was sexually abused by Edward Hancox, her adoptive father. She was then moved from one foster parent to another, and ended up being moved through almost 50 foster homes. In 2008, when Jennifer was 32 years old, she was charged with drug possession, and it was also determined that she had no legal status in the U.S. There after she was deported to India. There are many such cases like Jennifers.
The Indian government must be held accountable to its adoption and surrogacy procedures.