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HC quashes trafficking case against woman who adopted child without adhering to rules

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The Wednesday quashed a child trafficking case against a woman, who in 2017 adopted an abandoned newborn without adhering to rules, observing that she was driven only by the craving and desperation to have a child.

While taking a sympathetic view, the court, however, said the quashing of the case should not be treated as a precedent in any other case.

Allowing the petition by of district, Justice N observed that the child was being brought up with love and affection and had developed attachment to the foster parents.

By no stretch of imagination were the petitioners said to be exploiting the child and hence the adoption could not be termed child trafficking, he noted.

Helen and her husband were ignorant of the laws governing adoption, and were driven only by the craving and desperation in her heart to have a baby, the said.

Justice Venkatesh then directed the to make periodical visits to Helen's house and apprise itself of the prevailing situation, till the child reached age of five.

This arrangement is made only to ensure the welfare of the child, the said, adding the quashing of the FIR, registered by the district police, should not be treated as a precedent in any other case.

During the hearing, Helen submitted that she had adopted an abandoned child with the help of Girija, a and claimed that she had not handed the child over to the (DCPO) as she was ignorant of the law.

had arranged for a fake birth certificate, which showed Helen as the child's biological mother. Helen named the child Aaron New Bright and had him baptised.

Meanwhile, an anonymous complaint was lodged with the DCPO, following which a case was registered and the child was taken away from Helen by the Child Welfare Officer(CWO). As the baby stopped consuming and was profusely crying, the CWO was forced to return the child to the woman.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:25 IST