The registry of the Bombay High Court will have to trace the documents of an international adoption which took place 35 years ago.
A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta on Monday directed the high court’s registry to trace the documents on the adoption of Daksha Van Dijck, who was adopted by a Dutch couple in 1975. The direction came following a petition filed by Dijck (34) seeking help to search her roots.
Dijck, a clinical psychologist and who has worked as a scientist at Maastricht University, has filed the petition alleging that she was probably kidnapped as an infant in 1975 and was placed for international adoption by a Matunga-based adoption agency.
On Monday, additional public prosecutor Dinesh Adsule submitted an affidavit of police inspector Pramod Koparde of the Matunga police station.
Koparde’s affidavit said they have recorded statements of Achala Joshi and Nandini Shetty, chairman president and secretary of the ashram respectively.
They too have said that the papers are not available. Daksha, who was housed at Shraddhanand Mahilashram in Matunga, was given in adoption to Johan Van Dijck in 1975.
Her counsel Pradeep Havnur said that after her first visit to India in 2001, Dijck tried to search for her biological parents.
She returned to India in 2007 and approached Shraddhanand Mahilashram.
Shabana Ansari, Dijck’s advocate, argued that Shraddhanand Mahilashram did not co-operate after which they lodged a compliant with the Matunga police station.
Rakesh Kapoor, advocate for Shraddhanand Mahilashram said, “In those days there was no system in place to get authentic information of parent who was relinquishing a child. Norms got stricter only after 1984,” he said.