Madonna: Court rules that she may adopt the 2nd Malawian child.
The queen of pop- Madonna has won her appeal for the right to adopt a second child from Malawi. The country's highest court has ruled. Earlier she was stopped from adopting four-year-old orphan Chifundo Mercy James. The 50-year-old star's adoption plans were dumped by a judge saying the prospective parents had to be resident in Malawi for a year and a half i.e. 18 months.
According to the reports, the appeals court said that the decision did not take into account Madonna's commitment to help disadvantaged children.
However, Local rights groups in Malawi have complained that th singer has been given special treatment by the judicial system because of her status.There have also been questions whether it is good to take a child from its native environment.
Lovemore Munlo, the southern African state's chief justice praised Madonna's interest in helping Malawi orphans and said the 4-year-old Mercy would have a better life with the star. Madonna has set up a charity called Raising Malawi which plans to build a school for girls in Chikhota village.
She is also financially stable, he added. "We therefore grant the adoption," he said. Judge Esmie Chondo ruled out the adoption in April, citing residency rules. Those rules were waived in 2006 when Madonna adopted a boy, David, from the southern African state.
The Madonna brood already comprises of daughter Lourdes, Guy Ritchie’s son Rocco, and David Banda, a boy adopted from Malawi. Malawian Mercy James would make it four.