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Adoption in Hindus

Adoption - Hindus:

Adoption in the Hindus is covered by The Hindu Adoptions Act and after the coming of this Act all adoptions can be made in accordance with this Act. It came into effect from 21st December, 1956.

Prior to this Act only a male could be adopted, but the Act makes a provision that a female may also be adopted. This Act extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

It applies to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs and to any otherperson who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion

Requirements for a valid adoption

No adoption is valid unless

  • The person adopting is lawfully capable of taking in adoption
  • The person giving in adoption is lawfully capable of giving in adoption
  • The person adopted is lawfully capable of being taken in adoption
  • The adoption is completed by an actual giving and taking and
  • The ceremony called data homan (oblation to the fire) has been performed. However this may not be essential in all cases as to the validity of adoption

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