A day after a teenage rape victim gave birth to a baby in Bareilly, adoption requests have poured in for her child, irking the already harrowed family.
So far, 24 couples have approached the girl’s father and relatives with adoption requests.
The 14-year-old rape survivor gave birth to a baby boy in an ambulance on Thursday after her request for medical termination of pregnancy was declined. She had been repeatedly raped by a man in her village who promised to marry her, but abandoned her when she conceived. The auxiliary nurse midwife at a health centre, where her family had taken her for delivery, allegedly asked them to go to the district hospital after coming to know about the rape.
The wannabe adopters started contacting the girl’s father on Thursday, a few hours after the child was born.
“They called me yesterday and many came to meet me today. All of them are ready to adopt the child,” said the father, sitting under a tree outside the maternity ward of the district hospital.
Though many people from distant states like Maharashtra , Madhya Pradesh and Assam have approached the family, the majority is from Bareilly.
“A woman from Bahedi (50 km from Bareilly) came to meet me in the morning. She said she had no children and wanted to adopt the child,” the father said.
Another woman from Bareilly city who met the girl’s father, said on condition of anonymity, “I cannot conceive because of a medical condition. So I met him (father) and requested him to let me adopt the child.”
However, the hapless man has complained of annoyance over the requests, saying, “Nobody is bothered about the condition of the girl or my family. All they want is the child. I am tired of all this now,” adding that he has asked all of them to contact his advocate.
According to family advocate VP Dhyani, the Allahabad high court will decide the future of the child.
“We have submitted a petition in the Allahabad High court to decide on the future of the child. A two-bench judge of the court will decide on the matter later this month,” he said.
The mother and the child are normal and may be discharged on Saturday.