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Tsunami baby with 'multiple parents' awaits court ruling

The fate of the four month old male child, who is being claimed by many "parents" in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, will be decided by the Kalmunai magistrate, writes PK Balachanddran.
PTI | By PK Balachanddran, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2005 01:48 AM IST

The fate of the four month old male child, who is being claimed by many "parents" in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, will be decided by the Kalmunai magistrate, who is to begin hearing the case on February 2.

Magistrate Mohammad Mohideen has ordered that the child be kept in the Kalmunai Base Hospital till the case is decided.

Dr Kandaswamy Muruganandam, Medical Officer at the Kalmunai Base Hospital told Hindustan Times over the phone on Tuesday, that the badly injured baby was brought to the hospital by rescuers in the evening of December 26.

Since he was the 81st baby to be brought to hospital on tsunami-day he was tagged as Baby 81 or B-81.

"But very soon, five or six couples came claiming the baby. Eventually, some of them gave up, and now, there are three or four couples who seem to be very keen to assert their patentage," Dr.Muruganandam said.

"Since we had no means to find out the parentage, we handed over the matter to the police, who in turn approached the Kalmunai magistrate for an order," he said.

Prof Harendra de Silva, Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka told Hindustan Times that a DNA test would have to be done to ascertain parentage.

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