The family of 13-day-old Manjhi has decided to approach the government for travel documents to take her to Japan, to be with her legal and biological father.
The baby girl is facing an uncertain future as Indian laws have come in the way of her biological father’s claim over his child.
As per Indian law, the presence of both parents is necessary for taking possession of a child born to a surrogate mother in India. But Ikufumi Yamada and Yuki Yamada divorced after entering into an agreement with the surrogate mother, Pritiben of Ahmedabad.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh, representing the Japanese family, said: “If we do not get the travel documents and birth certificate, then we will move court.” The child’s family had approached Jaisingh on August 6.
Jaisingh, who reached Jaipur on Thursday evening, discussed the case with Manjhi’s grandmother Emiko Yamada and the Yamadas’ family friend Kamal Vijay Vargiya.
She told HT that if the matter went to court, she would plead that the child had every right to be with her family and should get Japanese nationality.