The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that a fruit vendor who had alleged that his newborn son was swapped with a girl at a civic-run maternity clinic in Oshiwara on April 15, has accepted the girl.
However, Sartaj Mohammed Syed (36), a fruit seller from Jogeshwari, alleged that that the BMC was forcing him and his wife to accept the girl child.
On April 15, Syed had alleged that a staffer at the Oshiwara Maternity Home swapped the baby boy born to his wife Reshma Bano, with a girl.
The police are now taking the help of DNA testing to determine the baby’s parentage. “They (parents) have accepted that the baby girl belongs to them and there was no swapping incident,” said Dr Jairaj Thanekar, BMC’s executive health officer. “Once the mother is fit for discharge, they shall go home with the baby. We have instructed hospital authorities to tell the police about the development in the case.”
He denied allegations that the hospital had put any pressure on Syed.
But Syed alleged that he had been told that if the couple accepted the girl, his wife would be discharged and allowed to go home. “I’ve accepted no such offer of the BMC. It is quite obvious as my wife is still admitted at the hospital and breast-feeding the girl,” said Syed. “I’ve not accepted the baby and would not take discharge unless the DNA reports arrive. It’s a police case now and I will only rely on police investigations.”
Police Inspector Dattaray Sankhe from the Oshiwara police said that they were not aware of any statement given by the BMC or Syed. “We had sent the samples of the baby’s and Syed’s blood for a DNA test to determine whether the baby belonged to him,” he said. “We are awaiting the results.”