HYDERABAD: J Pearllinda Vanburen, 48-year-old New Yorker, who is at the centre of a raging passport controversy in the city, has filed for travel documents for her one-and-a-half-month old baby, Emperor Kaioyus, delivered through surrogate means, to travel to four countries - Jamaica, USA, HongKong and China.
“The MoEA is expected to provide the documents by Monday latest. We have filled in the proforma given to us along with required police attestations, confirming details of the child’s delivery through surrogate means and other birth related hospital formalities,” said PSN Prasad of Rama’s Fertility Centre, where the child was born. He added that once the ministry sends the documents, they can be procured by Vanburen from the passport office. But an official with the passport office here said that this being a complex case, the process would be initiated only next week, meaning issuing of the necessary travel documents would be further delayed.
Presently, both mother and child are staying in a room on the third floor of the hospital for the past one month, and since Vanburen, whose online profile shows her as working for Ghana Children’s Fund and educated at Shanghai University is running on a tight budget, her accommodation expenses ever since her return from New Delhi where she had gone to seek a passport for her baby a few days ago, are being borne by the hospital authorities. Incidentally, her online profile also shows her as being in Hongkong for New Year and in India on January 7, when the child was one-month-old. Last week, she clicked photos of herself with the baby at the Taj Mahal. She comes across as a doting mother.
Currently Jamaica (place of residence of her husband, Eric Dalton Green) doesn’t have an embassy in India, a reason why, according to Prasad, the issue is getting complicated. Vanburen is also not in a position to leave India to get the necessary documents from Jamaica since her re-entry into India will be permitted only after two months as per prevalent rules in the country.