25 June 2003
On the right: Mrs Jayati Chandra, Joint Secretary to the Government of India,
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
On the left: Mr Debraj Pradhan, Minister at the Embassy of India at The Hague
On 6 June 2003, India deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to 53. The Convention will enter into force for India on 1 October 2003.