Nagaland: NGOs want government to act on customary law for adoption


The Naga NGOs Forum (NNF) has appealed to the Nagaland government to deliberate and discuss the Juvenile Justice (Care And Protection of Children) Act (JJA) 2015 in regards to child adoption, for adaptation and logical implementation in the state.

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This appeal by the NNF was made at the first state consultation on child adoption in Naga society on Tuesday at Tourist Lodge in Dimapur, which was attended by members of various NGOs, civil society, district adminstration, police department; and church leaders.

The principal of City Law College Leonard Aier questioned if the JJA has been adopted by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA); and raised concern that if the state is blindly following the CARA regulations, then it is in conflict with Article 371(A). “If we follow the CARA regulations there will be conflict with the law of the land and this issue needs to be raised in the NLA so that it is discussed in the Parliament,” Aier suggested.

A representative from the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) suggested ‘positive’ adoption, where inheritance of property—if adoption was within the family—should be included in the customary law.

She also added that adoption by legal guardian should be considered and inter-state and international adoption should be taken into consideration in the customary law.

The managing director of Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation, NT Kikon pointed out that in the Naga society, a parent is willing to adopt a girl child but not willing to accept the truth of not bearing a male child. He stated that a male child, in most of the orphan homes in the state, is refused for adoption as no families are willing to adopt him because of property inheritance issues.


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