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Abandoned by mother at Mumbai railway station, three kids set to move to the US

Mark Stoll, 42 and his 43-year-old wife Annette have adopted 5-year-old Rahul, 4-year-old Durga and 2-year-old Suraj

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2017 09:43 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari

Twenty months after they were found abandoned at Ghatkopar railway station, three siblings – two boys and a girl – are set to go to the United States (US), as Bombay high court recently cleared their international adoption by a US couple.

Mark Stoll, 42 and his 43-year-old wife Annette have adopted 5-year-old Rahul, 4-year-old Durga and 2-year-old Suraj. The couple residing at Campbellsburg in Indiana is engaged in agriculture and have three biological children.

On January 19, 2016, the Kurla Government Railway Police had found the three children abandoned at Ghatkopar railway station. The siblings were produced before the Child Welfare Committee the same day and were handed over to a shelter home run by a private organisation.

After Kurla GRP’s investigation to trace the family of the three turned futile, and the private shelter home, too, did not get any inquiry, the Child Welfare Committee for Mumbai suburban district declared the siblings legally free for adoption under section 38 (1) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.

Justice BP Colabawalla approved adoption of the three siblings by the US couple noting that “it would be in the interest of all the three children” to give them in adoption to the foreign couple.

The judge also took into consideration the fact that the US-based couple was eligible to adopt children under the rules and regulations prevailing in Indiana as also under the prevailing Indian law.