Adoption row: DNA test proves Anupama, Ajith parents of baby

Anupama S Chandran distributes sweets at the site of protest after receiving news about the DNA test results. Photo: RS Gopan/Manorama

Thiruvananathapuram: Former student activist Anupama S Chandran and her partner Ajith are the biological parents of the baby boy given up for adoption to an Andhra Pradesh-based couple by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW), DNA test result confirmed on Tuesday.

The result of the DNA test of the baby was handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology.

Anupama distributed sweets at the protest site soon after. Anupama has requested the CWC to hand over the details of the DNA test report to her.

The CWC has informed the Family Court, Thiruvananthapuram, that a separate report on the probe into the disputed adoption will be submitted to it on November 29.

"I feel very very happy. I saw the baby for some time, but now I feel sad after leaving him. We are told by the authorities that the case is being preponed by two days as the court had earlier posted the case for November 30," said Anupama after seeing her baby for a brief while.

"We are extremely happy about the positive DNA results. We will however, continue the protest to ensure that the guilty are punished," Anupama said while responding to the media.

Anupama S Chandran with her partner Ajith after receiving news about the DNA test results. Photo: RS Gopan/Manorama

"We hope that the process of handing over the child will not face any further delay," she added.

She was accompanied by her husband Ajith and was with the child for about 20 minutes. The child is presently under Kerala government custody.

According to the law, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology can hand over the test results to only government agencies and courts.

The biosamples of the parents and the infant were collected on Monday ahead of the DNA test. The test was held at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in the Kerala capital.

On November 18, the CWC had issued an order directing the KSCCW to bring the child back to Kerala. A team, led by KSCCW officials and comprising an escort of a Special Juvenile Police unit, received the child from the foster parents in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday and brought him back to Kerala. The team returned to Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday night.

Anupama S Chandran and Ajith with MLA KK Rema after receiving news about the DNA test results. Photo: RS Gopan/Manorama

Thereafter, the child has been handed over to a child care institution as directed by the CWC.

Anupama, 24, and her partner Ajith have been on a protest in front of the KSCCW office at Thycaud demanding their baby back.

The sensational case

Anupama had accused her father, a local CPI(M) leader, of forcibly taking away her newborn child from her soon after its birth a year ago and alleged that though she had complained about it to the police several times since April, they were reluctant to register a case against her family members.

However, the Peroorkkada police said a case was registered against six people – her parents, sister, sister's husband and two of his father's friends – and also claimed that the delay had happened as they were awaiting legal opinion.

After the incident triggered a political controversy and public curiosity, the government announced a departmental probe into the incident.

The Family Court last month stayed the adoption process of the child and directed the police to submit a detailed report on the matter in a sealed cover.

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