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Racial bias in child adoption: SGPC asks Sushma Swaraj to take up case with UK govt

Berkshire-based Sandeep and Reena Mander wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background, but were told by an adoption agency there that since only white children were in need, only white British or European applicants would be given preference.

punjab Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:16 IST
Vishal Rambani
Sandeep and Reena Mander.
Sandeep and Reena Mander.(Courtesy Facebook)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has strongly objected to the denial of adoption of a child by a British Sikh couple in the United Kingdom (UK), and termed it a case of racial discrimination. The SGPC has urged foreign minister Sushma Swaraj to raise the issue with the UK government to provide justice to the couple.

“It’s a case of racial discrimination and the SGPC condemns it. I request the foreign affairs ministry to take up the issue with the UK government, and help the NRI couple in adopting the child,” said Kirpal Singh Bandungar, president of the SGPC, the supreme religious body of Sikhs.

Berkshire-based Sandeep and Reena Mander wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background, but were told by an adoption agency there that since only white children were in need, only white British or European applicants would be given preference, meaning they were unlikely to be selected. They were advised to try to adopt a child in India.

The SGPC president said, “The SGPC has raised the racial discrimination issue in European and western countries many a time. It’s the duty of the Indian government to protect rights of NRIs in foreign countries. I appeal to Sushma Swaraj, foreign minister, to use her offices to resolve the issue, and help the Indian couple to fight this racial discrimination “. He said the SGPC was ready to provide all help to the couple.The incident has been condemned worldwide by Sikhs.