In India, actually most of the world, when a Ms Bhattacharya marries a Mr Dutt and has a baby, the child is a default Dutt. Sometimes, in rarer circumstances he may be named Bhattacharya - Dutt. But its almost impossible to find a child with an entirely different and neutral last name. This was the dilemma that Taruni Mathur faced when she had her baby boy. Today she shares her story and the journey she took to naming her son.
It is estimated that 1.8 million women will benefit from the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act that gives mothers 26 weeks off after childbirth. However, adoptive mothers get just 12 weeks, and that too, only if the child they adopt is less than 3 months old. Debkanya Dhar Vyavaharkar writes about how the Bill seems to … Continue reading Does India’s New Maternity Bill Ignore Adopted Children?