Bombay high court gives temporary custody of boy to couple who ‘purchased’ him
The Bombay high court on Wednesday gave temporary custody of a toddler to a childless Tardeo couple that was accused of ‘purchasing’ him from a children’s home at Nanded for Rs1.90 lakh.
The division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Amjad Sayed noted that granting custody of the one-and-half years old boy to the couple — Mahesh Pawar and his wife – was in the interest and welfare of the child. This was in view of the fact that the couple had been looking after the child since the day it was barely 10-day-old. The boy has been kept at a private children’s home after an FIR was registered against the couple.
The bench has granted temporary custody of the child to the couple for nine months on a condition that the couple will take proper care of him and provide him necessary medical treatment. In order to ensure that the condition is followed, the court has also asked the in-charge of Tardeo police station to depute a woman police constable at their residence.
The episode was brought to the notice of the court by an application preferred by Pawar, his wife and sister seeking to quash the offence registered against them under section 370(1) of the Indian Penal Code.
Pawar’s plea stated that he married 13 years ago and was looking to adopt a child. In June 2014, Pawar went to Sunita Gutti Children’s Home in Nanded where he was asked to shell out Rs1.90 lakh and was given a 10-day old infant in return.
In December 2015, the Tardeo police registered an offence against Pawar’s family for ‘purchasing’ a child.