Manjhi, born to a Jpanese father and surrogate Indian mother was caught in a legal tussle from the first day. Manjhi's Japanese parents got separated a month before she was born. Even though her father Ikufumi Yamada still wants to claim her custody, a string of legal hurdles prevent him doing so, for Indian laws prohibit single fathers from taking custody of a girl child.
Govt acceded to the request finally after Jaipur Passport Office acceded to give baby Manjhi Identity Certificate.
An animated film by a Jaipur local about Manjhi's life is in the pipeline to educate people about adoption and surrogace laws in India.