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Morena eunuch adopts girl child to fight injustice

bhopal Updated: May 19, 2016 17:41 IST
Neeraj Santoshi & Mahesh Shivhare, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Morena eunuch adopts girl child

Payal alias Manju with her adopted daughter.(HT photo)

The Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh is infamous for female foeticide and the lowest sex ratio in the state (at just 848), but a eunuch from Morena district in the area has adopted a girl child to fight injustice and patriarchal mindset.

The 40-year-old eunuch, Payal alias Manju, adopted the girl child belonging to a labourer’s family in Gwalior, about one-and-a-half years ago and christened her Tanushka.

Payal, who celebrated Tanushka’s second birthday on Sunday, wants to make her a police officer to fight injustice and patriarchal mindset in the region.

When Payal, a resident of Islampura, nearly 30km from the district headquarters of Morena, came to know that a labourer from Gwalior’s Gol Pahadiya area wanted to give their six-month-old girl child for adoption, she went there to talk to the family.

“The baby girl was very ill and had split lips. I adopted her and brought her to Morena by completing all the formalities. I then took her to various doctors for treatment of her lips. Now, she is better. It was her second birthday, and I had invited lot of people of my community and those who live in nearby areas,” said Payal.

She wants to provide a good education to Tanushka so that she may become a police officer. “After she grows up, I will send her to a good school so that she may translate my dreams into reality,” says Payal.

In 2007, Poonam John, a eunuch from Ratlam district, had also adopted a six-month-old girl. Poonam had appealed to the poor families in Ratlam not to go for foeticide of their female babies but hand them over to her.

Suresh Tomar, regional coordinator of State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA), told HT that he was not aware of the case from Morena. “I will have to look into the records. The specialised adoption agency in Gwalior, recognised by the state government, might have helped the eunuch adopt the girl,” he said.

According to adoption rules, a single parent can adopt a child. While a female single parent can adopt a boy or a girl child, a male single parent can only adopt a male child.

When asked whether a eunuch can adopt a girl child, Tomar said, “They can, but I will have to look into the rules to confirm the procedures.”