Jaipur, Nov 1: The Indo-Japanese baby Manjhi at last will go home to Japan with her grandmother Emiko Yamada. The baby will unite with her father Dr Ikufumi Yamada on Sunday, Nov 2. The 3 month-old Manjhi was issued a one-year Japanese visa on October 27. A visibly relived Emiko on Friday, Oct 31 said, “I had lost all hope. I do not speak English, nobody here understands Japanese and the baby was so young and in legal trouble I could not exactly comprehend. Now there is only relief that I am returning to Japan with Manji,".
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.