The DNA test conducted at Centre for DNA Finger Printing and Diagnostics, Hyderabad has confirmed that Pratap Rout is the biological father of 10-month-old child Master Dev alias Asutosh Rout and Mitanjali Das is her biological mother.
The test was necessitated after Pratap denied to accept Asutosh as his biological child after Mitanjali gave birth to him out of wedlock. Mitanjali had filed a case in this regard at Nischintakoili police station.
According to Mitanjali, she and her neighbour Pratap of Khasanta village under Natakai panchayat were in love with each other since long. Pratap had married her at nearby Shaktiswar temple one year back.
Promising to marry her as per tradition, he had been keeping physical relation with her since then. After she became pregnant, Pratap persuaded her to go for abortion. But Mitanjali did not agree and finally gave birth to her son at Mahanga CHC on July 7 last year.
When Pratap did not accept their son, Mitanjali along with the child went to her in-laws’ house. But they did not allow her to enter the house nor accept her as their daughter-in-law. Finding no other way, she filed an FIR at Nischintakoili police station on July 12. Pratap went absconding since then.
However, after much hue and cry, Pratap was arrested from Cuttack railway station on September 11. But during interrogation he refuted to the allegation of Mitanjali.
On September 12, both Mitanjali and Pratap were admitted to SCB. Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack for medical examination. Blood samples of Mitanjali, Pratap and Dev were collected at Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (FMT) department in the hospital and were handed over to Nischintakoili police which produced those before Judicial Magistrate, First Class (JMFC), Salepur. The blood samples were sent for DNA test on the order of court.
“Inaction of police had harassed me but judiciary system of our country helped me get justice,” said Mitanjali.