Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956
5. Adoptions to be regulated by this Chapter
(1) No adoption shall be made after the commencement of this Act by or to a Hindu except in accordance with the provisions contained in this Chapter, and any adoption made in contravention of the said provisions shall be void.
(2) An adoption which is void shall neither create any rights in the adoptive family in favor of any person which he or she could not have acquired except by reason of the adoption, nor destroy the rights of any person in the family of his or her birth.