She wants to adopt the three-month-old Karishma, whom she saved after being born on a busy street in Connaught Place. Karishma's as well as Fredrick's fate are in the hands of the Delhi High Court.
Reaching the spot within hours of Karishma's birth, Fredrick had not just saved the infant from stray dogs lurking around at the filthy location in Shankar Market but also looked after it, cleaned it and fed it over the week. The baby was born to Laxmi, who lay semi-conscious for most of the day after giving birth. She died on July 31, a week later.
The police then sent Karishma to an adoption agency home. Fredrick and her family had meanwhile developed an emotional bond with the infant, more so as the night before she died, Laxmi had handed over Karishma to Fredrick.
Soon after Hindustan Times reported the matter on August 29, the Delhi High Court took suo moto cognisance and, among other directions, allowed Fredrick to meet the baby at the adoption home thrice a week.
Fredrick attended the hearing on Wednesday expecting some decision when a bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Manmohan issued directions to ensure that such incidents do not recur with other destitute pregnant women.
The court did not show any interest in the baby while delivering the order. Delhi government standing counsel Najmi Waziri was asked about Karishma's adoption issue.
Waziri told the court, "The process has begun but at this juncture it is difficult to state whether the child can be given on adoption to Fredrick."
Fredrick's brother and sister-in-law have expressed keen desire to adopt Karishma. However, under the current provisions, the child would go to the first couple enlisted with the adoption home.
Said a legal expert aware of the issue: "Fredrick is the only living link between the infant and her biological mother. The court would always look into the last wish of a dying woman."
The wait now extends to December 15, the next date of hearing.