What’s in a name? A lot when a woman remarries after her husband’s death or divorce and her child’s surname is changed. This is what happened recently when the Supreme Court upheld an Andhra Pradesh woman’s decision to change the surname of her minor son after her remarriage.
The Supreme Court last month issued a notice in a matter seeking simplification of the adoption process in India. A bench, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant, heard the petition in which the counsel for the petitioner highlighted the ground reality with respect to the adoption process in India and the kind of impact it has had on the country over a period of time.
In an unprecedented move The Netherlands has suspended all adoptions from abroad including from India, with immediate effect, after an official inquiry revealed that some children had been stolen or purchased from their birth parents.
Two petitions have sought gender and religion-neutral laws in adoption and guardianship and for divorce and alimony in tune with the spirit of the Constitution after considering international laws as well.
The petitioner AshwiniKumar Upadhyay had submitted before the court that there are severalacts that contain different provisions for adoption and guardianship, which areagainst gender equality, dignity of women and children. He sought removal ofsuch anomalies.
AN important PIL, which could have far-reaching implications on adoption rules, was placed before the Supreme Court in late August. It sought the removal of anomalies in the grounds for adoption and guardianship, to make them uniform for all citizens and also to make them gender and religion neutral.