Illegal adoption row: Admin seals office of NGO, two held

Srinagar: A day after filing of an FIR against an NGO reported to be involved in ‘illegal adoption cases’ police along with civil administration sealed the office of the non-governmental organization (NGO) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
Official sources said that the besides sealing the office of the NGO at Sambura Pampore, two persons have been also arrested. The action against the NGO follows after allegations of ‘illegal adoption and sale’ orphans whose parents fell to covid-19 pandemic.
The FIR was lodged at Police Station Pampore after request was made by the Mission Director, ICPS J&K, following a report in which serious allegations were made against two persons associated with the NGO.
The action against the NGO Global Welfare Charitable Trust at Pampore in Pulwama and the two accused — Mohammad Amin Rather of Srinagar and Aijaz Ahmed Dar of Pampore — was taken after a sting operation and report by an online portal allegedly exposing them.
The FIR lodged in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was filed following an online report about illegal adoption of children, who were orphaned during the Covid pandemic, officials said here.
According to the officials, an online news article regarding alleged illegal adoption and “sale” of Covid orphans has come to the notice of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) Mission Director in J&K Shabnam Kamili, in which serious allegations have been made against two people by an NGO.
Sheetal Nanda, the secretary of Social Welfare Department, has taken up the issue with the Kashmir IGP to ensure immediate action in the matter and initiate legal course of action under relevant laws.
In addition, Kamili has issued instant orders to child welfare committees to meet Covid orphans personally which have already been identified by the department and uploaded their details on different online portals of the Government of India and submit a report to the Directorate of ICPS within a day’s time, the officials said.
“Further, fact finding committees were also constituted for Jammu and Kashmir divisions in order to ascertain the number of orphans/Covid orphans and their well-being in all the districts of J&K,” they added.

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