Rape victim’s child given up for adoption without consent

A court wants to know why a girl child was given up without her biological parents’ consent.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2012 3:33 am

A city court has asked the Child Welfare Committee to explain why it has given away a girl child,born to a rape victim and given to it for safekeeping,for adoption without her biological parents’ consent.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau sought the CWC’s explanation as it came to know that the child,whose father faced trial for raping her mother and was convicted by the court,was given away in adoption by the CWC.

ASJ Lau came to know that the child had been given in adoption when adjudicating rape convict Bhola’s plea for custody of the child,who was born out of his illicit relation with his minor victim.

Bhola had sought the custody of his child as her unwed mother,now 19,did not want to keep her.

“It surprises me that while the trial of the criminal case against the biological father of the child was still pending,how could she be put up for adoption and that too without the consent of the biological parents,” the judge said.

Bhola was convicted for raping the then-14-year-old girl,after purchasing her for Rs 20,000 and confining her at his house for over three years,during which he allegedly subjected her to slavery,torture and rape.

On the day of Bhola’s sentencing,ASJ Lau came to know that the child had been given in adoption to a couple outside Delhi,after she was considered as abandoned.

ASJ Lau directed the CWC to place before it a detailed report regarding the present status of the child.

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