HYDERABAD: The Women and Child Welfare Department claims that they had been conducting awareness campaigns at regular intervals and were reaching out to the most interior villagers and tandas. They feel that the lengthy process involved in legal adoption is forcing many couples to adopt illegal means.
Meanwhile, the activists claimed that though there is a procedure set up, it is not being implemented in its spirit. The government should come up with appealing schemes, encouraging more people to adopt children like in foreign countries.
“A new scheme on the lines of ‘Palanhar Yojana’ by the Rajasthan Government will be much encouraging as it benefits the child and the adopting parents and State Governments should consider this to curb child trafficking,” Sunita Krishnan from Prajwala Foundation said.
Officials from government agencies claim that they have strengthened the process of conducting awareness on child trafficking and other government schemes on a regular basis. But cases are being reported from city areas where migrant labourers reside.
With no proper shelter, living conditions, and continuous migration, they do not wish to take care of more than two kids, due to which they give away children for illegal adoption.
“By making the norms more flexible and speedy, we can control this social evil. More awareness should also be created,” an official said.
Activists working on woman and child trafficking issues said that the more sensitising programmes should be held....