British couples are being urged to adopt Indian baby girls and save them from a life of abuse and misery.
More than 11 million youngsters, mainly unwanted girls, are living on the streets or abandoned in squalid and dirty children’s homes.
Under current rules, it takes more than a year for foreign families to adopt an Indian baby, but this will be cut to 45 days.
The Indian government is anxious that infants dumped in homes are given to new families before they are six months old, before they become institutionalised.
Single parents will be considered but not same-sex couples. Those opposite-sex couples who do adopt must be financially secure and have been together for more than five years.
Social work checks will be carried out in India and the destination country to rule out possible child abusers.
Thousands of Indian girls are dumped at birth by poor mothers who cannot afford the lavish weddings and dowries they would one day be lumbered with, and also by middle-class women under pressure to bear their husband a prized son.
The new rules will give hope to British families who have faced increasing problems adopting overseas.
There are so many children in the world that need good families. Some parents are discouraged by the long waits and expensive fees in foreign countries. It is a positive step that India is changing their policies so that their children can find better lives.