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Report No. 146

3.11. Section 17, Hindu Adoptions Act.-

We shall make our recommendation on the existing law in due course1. At this stage, we would like to make a reference to a provision of some interest contained in the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956. Section 17 of this Act reads as under:-

"17. Prohibition of certain payments.-(1) No person shall receive or agree to receive any payment or other reward in consideration of the adoption of any person and no person shall make or give or agree to make or give to any other person any payment or reward, the receipt of which is prohibited by this section.

(2) If any person contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1), he shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.

(3) No prosecution under this section shall be instituted without the previous sanction of the State Government or an officer authorised by the State Government in his behalf."

1. Chapter 4, infra.

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