PATNA: An inquiry into the adoption process by which three-year-old Sherin was handed over to US Indian couple Wesley and Sini Mathews has found that everything was in order, with all rules followed under the aegis of the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA).
The toddler was found dead under mysterious circumstances near her home in Richardson, Texas after going missing on Oct. 7. Her foster father Wesley is facing charges of murder. The US couple adopted Sherin, then named Saraswati, from the Mother Teresa Anaath Seva Ashram orphanage and adoption centre in Nalanda district of Bihar in June last year.
The secretary of the adoption centre Babita Kumari has said the child had no problems in drinking or eating when she was at the orphanage. She said Wesley and Sini Mathews appeared to be loving people during the adoption process.
After Sherin’s death caused a sensation in the US, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) asked the Bihar government to verify if all the required formalities were fulfilled during Sherin’s adoption. The Bihar government has reported back to MEA that “no violation of the norms” in were detected in the adoption process.
“During our rigorous inquiry, we found that the orphanage followed all the norms of the adoption process. No irregularity whatsoever was detected,” said SM Thiyagarajan, the district magistrate of Nalanda. The findings of the inquiry along with details of the orphanage were sent to MEA on Wednesday.
The report said Sherin’s adoption process started following an order by the district court as per the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.