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Can a Hindu Woman take a child in adoption?

Generally it is the male Hindu who is a major and of sound mind who can take a child in adoption but only with the consent of his surviving wife not otherwise disqualified under law.

However, a Hindu Woman has also capacity to adopt if she satisfies the following conditions:

a. She is major

b. She is of sound mind

c. She is unmarried

d. If married, the marriage is dissolved or the husband is dead or the husband has completely and finally renounced the world or has converted to other religion or declared as of unsound mind by competent court.