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A British couple who claim they were advised they couldn’t adopt a “white child” because of their Indian heritage have taken a council to court in a landmark discrimination case.

The couple began a four-day court battle at Oxford County Court on Tuesday against Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council after suing them for discrimination.

The council has rejected claims its social workers were “racist” towards the couple.

While an adoption official told the court she deferred the couple’s application because they wanted to care for a “a young under-three years old, simple needs child”.

The Manders, who are aged in their 30s, showed an interest in adopting a child after attending a seminar in 2015 by Adopt Berkshire, the council’s adoption service, and were encouraged to submit an application.

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