The last 24 hours have been traumatic for the 14-year-old rape survivorfrom Bareilly who gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday after courts in UP refused her permission to abort the pregnancy.
But if there is anything that has brought a faint smile on her face, it is the fact that almost a dozen married couples, both Hindu and Muslim, rich and not-so-moneyed, have trooped into the hospital where she is recovering with offers to adopt her child.
Almost all of them had read about her ordeal and wanted to help, knowing well that she, a child herself, did not want the baby. Two of the couples wrote to, seeking advice and other details about the case. The matter, however, is sub judice and the girl and her father have said they will not be able to take any call regarding the request of couples, from as far as Aligarh and Jabalpur, to allow them to take care of the newborn.
“I have been meeting so many of them,” the father of the teenager told on Friday. “At least 10 (couples). They started coming to the hospital since early morning. There are others, too, who want to meet. But what do I tell them? The matter regarding the baby’s future will be decided by the court. We have already moved the Allahabad high court regarding the future of the child.”
“A woman from Bahedi (50 km from Bareilly) came to meet me in the morning. She said she had no children and wanted to adopt the child,” the father said.
Another woman from Bareilly city who met the girl’s father, said on condition of anonymity, “I cannot conceive because of a medical condition. So I met him (father) and requested him to let me adopt the child.”
However, the hapless man has complained of annoyance over the requests, saying, “Nobody is bothered about the condition of the girl or my family. All they want is the child. I am tired of all this now,” adding that he has asked all of them to contact his advocate.
According to family advocate VP Dhyani, the Allahabad high court will decide the future of the child.
“We have submitted a petition in the Allahabad High court to decide on the future of the child. A two-bench judge of the court will decide on the matter later this month,” he said.
The mother and the child are normal and may be discharged on Saturday.
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