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Dear Ones,
Read below for Dr. Rukmini Rao yet again challenging the Government of
Andhra Pradesh to take steps towards preventing the trafficking of infants
and children in the guise of adoption!
Go Rukmini! - Lynette
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The Hindu -- Monday March 14 2005
Andhra Pradesh
White paper sought on children sent abroad

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, MARCH 13. The Gramya Resource Centre for Women, which has been working since 1997 to prevent child trafficking, has demanded a white paper
on the condition of children sent abroad.

It wants the Government to table the white paper in the Assembly and
enlighten people about the steps being taken to check racketeering in child
adoption.

This is necessary in the light of pressure allegedly being brought upon CARA
to give licences to those involved in committing malpractices and who are
out on bail.

While explaining the steps, the Government should keep in view that a lot of
adults were coming back to the country and searching for their natural
parents, V. Rukmini Rao, president of the organisation, said at a press
conference here on Saturday.

She cited the example Seema Knuth of Jalandhar who was sent to Germany.

Dr. Rao demanded that the Government hand over the 200 abandoned children in
its custody to their Indian parents.

`Develop tribal hamlets'

She suggested to the State administration to accord top priority to
development of tribal hamlets in Nalgonda, Khammam and Medak districts so as
to prevent distress sale of children.

She called upon all the MPs and the MLAs to prevail upon the Government to
register all births. The public representatives must press for formation of
anganwadi and mothers' committee to check racketeering in adoption of
children.

Dr. Rao in an open letter to the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy,
appealed for steps to stop "child sales."