After 17 years, man traces mother to Pune
After a 17-year legal battle to find his biological mother, Arun Dohle, 37, finally traced her to Pune on Wednesday and spent a “fleeting two hours” with her.mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2010 01:31 IST
After a 17-year legal battle to find his biological mother, Arun Dohle, 37, finally traced her to Pune on Wednesday and spent a “fleeting two hours” with her.
“I still can’t believe it. She kept running her hands over my face and hair,” said an overwhelmed Dohle, who was adopted as a month-old baby in 1973 from a Pune adoption home by a Belgium-based couple, on a recommendation by Pratap Pawar, brother of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
It was sheer destiny that the missing pieces of Dohle’s search fell in place just hours before he was to board a flight back to Germany, where he lives with his wife and seven-year-old twin sons.
“I was nervous. She (name withheld on request) came with her husband. I didn’t know how to ask her if she was my mother. But she held my hand and then warded off the evil eye,” said Dohle as he headed to the Mumbai airport from Pune.
Dohle first came to India in 1993 and asked the Pune-based Kusumbai Motichand Mahila Seva Gram to show him his adoption file. When the agency refused, Dohle moved court. The case went to the Supreme Court, which on August 16 rejected his plea to have his biological mother produced in court.
But the court granted him access to his adoption file. From the few handwritten pages in the slim file, he learnt that his mother was a 20-year-old Hindu Maratha, a Class 10 pass who resided at the agency during her pregnancy after her “friend’s brother”' refused to marry her.