After 21 December 1956, adoption of and by Hindus in India is governed by the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956
My uncle adopted his brother-in-law in 1951 when he was about 18-19 years old and his own son had died in a car accident. Is this legal? I am told that the adoption took place before a Panchayat of 4-5 people who signed on plain paper. The Panchayatnama was not registered.