'We'll raise him as a good human,' said Anupama after court grants custody of her child

Anupama, Ajith and baby
Anupama and Ajith leave the Family Court with their child. Photo: Manorama

"We will raise him as a good human," said Anupama S Chandran after reaching home with her child, whose custody was granted to her by a Family Court in Vanchiyoor here on Wednesday.

"We don't want to give him a luxurious life," added the mother, who was finally reunited with her baby separated at birth allegedly by her parents, who were unwilling to accept her relationship with Ajith, the child's father.

However, Anupama said that she intends to continue her protest -- in a new form -- "until action is taken against those who did the injustice".

She thanked the "countless good people" who stood beside her. She also thanked the Andhra couple, who had bid a tearful goodbye to the child, whom they had adopted without knowing that its parents were looking for him.

"I cannot thank them enough. I can only promise them that I'll look after him well," said Anupama.

Earlier, the Family Court, which was considering the case regarding the irregularities in the adoption proceedings of Anupama's child had instructed the CWC to produce the child from Nirmala Shishu Bhavan.

The child was handed over to Anupama after a doctor conducted a physical checkup on the infant.

The court fast-tracked its proceedings in light of the DNA test results, which confirmed that Anupama and her partner Ajith are the biological parents of the adopted child who was in the foster care of an Andhra-based couple.

The CWC has submitted the test results to the court.

After the arrival of the DNA test, the Kerala government had asked the government pleader to fast track the legal proceedings to hand over the child to its birth mother at the earliest. The court was intimated of the details in the Women and Child Development Department Director's report.

On November 18, the Child Welfare Committee had issued an order directing the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare 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 November 20 and brought him back to Kerala.

Since KSCCW began the proceedings to give the child for adoption, it will also submit an affidavit showing the annulment of the Free for Adoption certificate issued to the teacher couple from Andhra. A fresh order was issued, permitting handing over of the child to the real parents, Anupama and Ajith.

The KSCCW had earlier asked the family court to grant time till November 29 for filing a reply in the case. The case was scheduled for hearing on November 30.

Meanwhile, a departmental inquiry report has revealed that gross violations were committed while initiating adoption proceedings of Anupama S Chandran's baby.

The KSCCW and CWC committed gross violations during the adoption procedure, the inquiry report drafted by Women and Child Development Department Director TV Anupama said.

Anupama had approached CWC with a complaint about her missing child in April 2021 and the adoption proceedings began in July. The report observes that the CWC continued the adoption proceedings despite this.

The inquiry report was submitted to Minister for Health and Family Welfare Veena George.

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