Stanley Pinto, TNN | May 9, 2013, 07.46 PM IST
MANGALORE: India-born German national Arun Dohle, who found his biological mother after 17 years of struggle and litigation, is now on a new assignment.
His mission is to locate the biological parents of four persons adopted from Mangalore.
Arun told TOI: The four persons, who do not want their identity disclosed, were adopted“ from this area. While one person was adopted from Nirmala Social Welfare Centre, Ullal, the other three were given away from an institution at Moodabidri.
Of the four, three were adopted by couples in the Netherlands, one from a couple in Germany. While one was adopted through Terre des hommes, an international charitable humanitarian federation which concentrates on children’s rights based in Germany, the other three were adopted through Wereldkinderen (World Children), the Netherlands. Wereldkinderen is a child welfare organization dedicated to children without a home and has permission to mediate in inter-country adoption.
During his interaction with Terre des homes, Arun found that the agency did not have records for the adoption of the person in question. It is surprising that an organization which concentrates on children’s rights‘ has not the requisite papers. I’m here to find out the missing link in the whole chain of events,“ he said.
Anjali Pawar, child rights activist from Pune who is here to trace the biological parents of the four adopted persons along with Arun said: The adoption“ cases are not always a case of ‚unwed mother‘ giving up the child. We have found out that many adoptions took place without first providing required assistance to the mother by the authorities concerned here.
Arun was reunited with his mother in Pune in 2010. He was adopted by a German couple in 1971. Meanwhile, activist Geeta Menon from Stree Jagruthi Samithi, Bangalore, on Monday submitted the Karnataka high court’s directive to the government, directing police to assist Chaya Maria Schupp to trace her biological mother. Chaya, resident of Dieburg, 30km from Frankfurt in southern Germany, was adopted by a German couple when she was about 6 years old under suspicious circumstances.