Child swapping: Will DNA join bond broken at birth?

Usually the birth of a newborn is a celebrated affair in any family. But things are quite the opposite with Ashok Kumar’s family.

Published: 19th August 2017 11:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2017 08:13 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Usually the birth of a newborn is a celebrated affair in any family. But things are quite the opposite with Ashok Kumar’s family. Blessed with a child in June, Kumar and his wife allege that their male child was swapped and they were handed over a girl child the day after delivery. The baby was delivered after conducting a caesarean at a famous private hospital in Ashok Vihar.

“At first doctors told us that my wife has given birth to a male child. The hospital authorities immediately took the baby to the labour room and didn’t allow us to see him. A day later, a nurse handed over a girl child. Police were called after we objected,” Kumar, a Delhi government employee, said.

The mother has refused to even feed the three-month-old baby. The couple are waiting for a DNA test to determine whether the baby is really theirs. If not, they have decided to send the baby to an orphanage.
“Initially cops told us that the cost of DNA test will be around `50,000 but later called us for the test. If we get negative results we will not accept the baby. We will ask the police to look for our child,” Kumar said, adding: “The case summary suggests that we were blessed with a 3.2 kg healthy male child. The doctor later said she is not aware of the gender.”

Cops also confirmed that hospital documents has mentioned the gender of the baby as ‘male.’ “We had to take the DNA sample twice as in first instance the sample couldn’t be collected properly. The results will be with us in a few weeks,” a North-west district police official said.

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