Court Lets Dying Father Meet his Son
By M K Ashoka | Published: 25th December 2013 08:59 AM |
Biju Mathew, 33, suffering from a terminal disease and counting his days in this world wished to visit his four-and-a-half-year-old son. It was a wish that was not easy fulfilled as his five-year-old marriage had run into rough weather last year and the court had not given visitation rights yet.
Biju, suffering from osteosarcoma cancer, which starts from the bones, appealed as a dying father to let him spend time with his son and bless him with a goodbye kiss. The family court of Bangalore granted him an opportunity to see
and play with his son for a few hours in the court premises on Saturday.
Biju, who is undergoing chemotherapy, flew down from his hometown in Pathanamthitta district with toys and dresses for his kid. The son, who grew up with him till he was three years old, was jumping with joy to see him after a long time.
The court had given Biju and his family time from 11 am to 2 pm to spend time with the little one. Biju, affected by tumour in his backbone, could only sit on a wheelchair now.
But that was hardly a hindrance for the father and the son as they could play within the confines of the room to their satisfaction. Biju’s relatives and parents were also there to help him out. At the end of the session, Biju pleaded with the court that he be allowed to meet his son on a stretcher. He asked the court to grant him permission to talk to his son over the phone. However, the court turned down his request. Biju thanked Suraj Thomas, his advocate for making his dream come true.
On the opposing lawyer’s argument that it will be traumatic for the boy to see Biju who is fighting cancer, he asked, “Why should my disease prevent my son from meeting his own father?” “I was very happy to see my son. However, as soon as I reached Kerala, his memories began haunting me. I hope to see my son again,” he says.