A mother’s legal battle to get lost son’s custody!
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:47
New Delhi: A Muslim mother, longing to get back her son from a Hindu man who brought him up, has been given another opportunity by the Supreme Court to get the child back.

Shahnaz Begum is waging legal battle to take custody of her son who had gone missing at the age of six in 2003 and was found in the loving care of a Lucknow tea vendor Aiku Lal in 2006.

The woman from Allahabad had first approached the high court in 2007 narrating that she spotted her son while watching a TV programme about missing persons and swung into action to get his custody.

Her efforts, however, to get back her son proved futile as the child, who was ten years-old at that time, desired before the high court to stay with Lal.

The high court dismissed the mother's plea saying the "paramount consideration has to be the welfare of the child" and also rubbished the argument that the child is Muslim and Aiku is Hindu.

"We are a secular country" and if inter-caste marriages are accepted then "inter-caste father and son relationship need not raise eyebrows," the high court had said.

Undeterred, Shehnaz moved the Supreme Court in 2008 and established through DNA test about the paternity of the child.

An apex court bench of Justices D K Jain and H L Dattu today asked Shehnaz to file an affidavit to prove that she can nurture her son, now 14-year-old, better than the tea vendor.

The bench asked her to show her property, income and other such indicators, including the education of her other two children, to prove that she can bring up the child better manner than Aiku Lal, an unmarried tea vendor.


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:47

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