"Persons of any faith can adopt a child under the Juvenile justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. The Act will prevail till uniform civil code is achieved, and the Muslim personal law will not stand in the way of such adoption," a bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam observed yesterday in its judgement on a petition filed by civil rights activist Shabnam Hashmi.
Mrs Hashmi had, for the past 8 years, waged a dogged battle in the top court to be legally recognised as the parent of her adopted daughter, Seher Hashmi Raza. The human rights activist took Ms Raza under her custody way back in 1996, when she was just one year old. She had been abandoned by her biological parents at an adoption home in the capital.
"This means that my daughter finally has legal rights... uptil now, she was called my ward... and I was her guardian... this is a very emotional moment for us," Mrs Hashmi told NDTV after the Supreme Court judgement.
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