Dimapur, August 10: Nagaland NGOs Forum president Dr Y Hesheto Chishi on Saturday said that CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) which functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions is not compatible with the customary adoption laws of the Naga tribes and largely contradicts them.
Interacting with the media fraternity here at Bethesda Youth Centre, Super Market, he said that the forum is therefore organizing a consultative meeting with all the stake holders on August 20 at Tourist Lodge from 10 a.m. onwards to contemplate on the issue and in the long run come out with a solution as Nagaland Government has Article 371 (A) to bring the necessary changes in the adoption laws in the state which presently follows the CARA regulations.
Giving an example of how the CARA regulations and customary laws contradict, he said that while the CARA regulations gives the adoptive child the legal rights to inherit the family property, there cannot be such a thing under the customary practices and the adopted child can only inherit the property of the father and not the family or ancestral property.
He also expressed concern on the issue that CARA allows the adoption process to happen online, which doesn’t give much scope to the clan to know the details of the persons adopting the children and this has been observed in several cases when Naga children were adopted by foreigners.
He informed that the forum is planning to invite in the meeting representatives from the ruling party, the opposition, student bodies, women bodies, tribal hohos, mother associations, church, and Bar Council. He also complained that such regulations, the responsibility of which’s implementation falls on the NGOs, make the NGOs victims eventually.
Voicing similar sentiments, advisor K Ela mentioned that there needs to be a consensus and agreement such that the two are not in contrast as it is going to impact the future of the Naga society.
She called it a very pertinent issue in the present time.
General secretary Chenithung W Humtsoe on the occasion expressed uneasiness that bills in the NLA sometimes are passed without even discussion, which has become a trend, and urged that they should be thoroughly discussed.
Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions. CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.
CARA primarily deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.
Presently, four adoption centers are functional in the state which abide by the rules of CARA.
(Page News Service)