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The plea said the provision is "discriminatory and arbitrary" towards adoptive mothers The plea also raised objection to maternity leave period provided to adoptive mothers as compared to biological mothers Adoptive mother gets 12 weeks of maternity benefit but maternity benefit of 26 weeks is provided to biological mothers
A couple moved the High Court after the district court of Yavatmal rejected their plea on the ground that the child was not an orphan, in conflict with law, abandoned by parents or in need of care and protection. The court noted that in the present case, the petitioners were the maternal uncle and aunt of the child, and hence, are covered in the definition of 'relative' under the Act. Justice Pitale quashed and set aside the order passed by the lower court and directed it to consider the application filed by the couple afresh as expeditiously as possible.
Under the guidelines brought by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, children in the age group of 6-18 years, whose parents are unable to take care of them due to reasons such as mental illness, poverty or imprisonment and those staying in child care institutions will be placed in foster care.