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India to probe adoption issue after Denmark action

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2007 14:46 IST

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In the wake of Denmark suspending all adoptions from India after reports that some of the children adopted from New Delhi had been abducted, India's Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) has launched an investigation into the matter.

"We are investigating the matter. I have asked for all the relevant papers pertaining to the issue," CARA Chairman JK Mittal told PTI on Wednesday.

He, however, expressed confidence there was nothing wrong in the adoptions from India.

"Everything is legal and in order. It appears to be a case of misinformation," he said.

Mittal said he has also written to the Danish authorities to share with CARA the facts they have on the basis of which Denmark has decided to suspend adoptions from India.

"We have taken up the matter with the Danish government and we will clarify their doubts," Mittal said.

Denmark on June 11 suspended all adoptions from India after the broadcast of a documentary claiming that children had been adopted in that country from an orphanage in Pune without the approval of their birth parents.

The documentary claimed that one Ramesh Kulkarne temporarily placed his two children at the Preet Mandir orphanage in Pune. He said he was not allowed to see his children for years.

Kulkarne, according to the film, came to know in April this year that his children had been adopted in Denmark in 2003.

Mittal said the original documents pertaining to the two adoptions in question have been called for and the allegations will be looked into.