Anupama names her child 'Aiden Anu Ajith'; says Andhra couple can visit him any time


Anupama with her child

Thiruvananthapuram: After receiving her son following a year-long battle, Anupama Chandran has named him Aiden Anu Ajith. The name means 'little fire' and it derived from Irish myths. Anupama also conveyed her gratitude to the teacher couple from Andhra Pradesh who took care of her child for the last three months.

"It is not my son or I who hurt them. But they shall not be denied justice for trying to adopt my child. They can visit him any time they want. We are also thinking of going to their place and meeting them,” added Anupama.

Mother and son reunited

Anupama was heartbroken after being not able to take her son when she met him after an year on Tuesday evening. However, exactly 24 hours later, she could receive her child back. At that moment of bliss, Anupama said that she will raise her son as a good human. Anupama went to buy toys for her baby with her protesting friends Maglin and Mini. They bought dresses and toys and kept them at friend Amrit’s house.

Anupama got custody of the baby whom she last saw when the infant was three days old, after a family court ordered that the child be handed over to his biological parents. The child had been under the care and protection of his adoptive parents in Andhra Pradesh till last Sunday.

The DNA tests on the baby, Anupama and Ajith at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) established the couple as the parents of the child. Emerging from the court complex, the family travelled by car to the site of Anupama's protest these last few days, in front of the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW) headquarters here.

When the court began its proceedings at 2.30 pm, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) submitted before it, the results of the DNA test. During the one-and-a-half hour long proceedings held in the chamber of the judge, the baby, who was in the custody of CWC at the Nirmala Sishu Bhavan, was produced before the court following its directive.

The court then directed that the baby be medically examined and after completing all legal formalities, ordered the CWC to hand over the child to his mother. The court had posted the matter for November 30, but it preponed the hearing to Wednesday after the government pleader appealed to hand over the baby to its parents at the earliest.

Anupama (22) and her partner Ajith had been protesting in front of the KSCCW office at Thycaud here for some days, demanding to get their child back. The woman's allegation that her child was forcibly taken away from her by her father, a local CPI(M) leader, triggered a political controversy following which the government had ordered a departmental probe into the incident.

Anupama had accused her parents of forcibly taking away her new-born child from her soon after its birth a year ago and alleged that though she had complained about it to police several times since April, but they were reluctant to register a case against her family members.

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

(With inputs from agencies)

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