Couple seek custody of abandoned child

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) A young couple today approached a local court for custody of their child, who they had handed over to an acquaintance, fearing social stigma.

Ravi Kumar and Raadha (name changed) married in February 2006 but they were not of a marriageable age at that time. When a child was born to them, they handed it to one of their acquaintances, who was residing in the neighbourhood, fearing social disgrace.

In November 2007, when the couple attained the marriageable age, they again solemnised their marriage, made it public and approached the person to whom they had handed over the child but the person refused.

Aggrieved by this, they approached the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Naveen Arora, seeking to search the premises, where their child was kept.

The court ordered the police station concerned to file a status report of the case.

Police submitted the report that the child was living with the person, to whom it was handed over and he had also procured the birth certificate.

The court fixed September 22 as the next date of hearing.

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