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Boys swapped accidently at birth, to stay with parents who raised them 

Mangaldoi, Assam: Two couples – one Hindu and the other Muslim – whose babies were accidentally swapped soon after birth over two years ago, have decided to keep the child they have been raising, and moved a local court to settle the matter.

The issue came to public notice last week after the court fixed a hearing date in the case.

The two sets of parents had doubts within days that the boy they had taken home was not theirs. But it was the Muslim couple that first raised the issue more than two years after the children were born.

“My wife had started saying that the baby we took home was not ours a week after his birth. She said his features resembled those of tribal people,” high school teacher Sahabuddin Ahmed said.

Ahmed claimed that he was forced to file an RTI query on the matter after the Civil Hospital and Health Department authorities refused to help him.

“My wife had started saying that the baby we took home was not ours a week after his birth. She said his features resembled those of tribal people,” high school teacher Sahabuddin Ahmed said.

Ahmed claimed that he was forced to file an RTI query on the matter after the Civil Hospital and Health Department authorities refused to help him.

The families have, however, decided to keep the babies they had taken home two years ago instead of their biological sons.

“We are attached to the boy we have raised,” said Sewali Boro, a sentiment that was echoed by Salima Ahmed.

The court has fixed January 24 as the date of hearing in the case when the two sets of parents will have to submit affidavits on their decision.

 

 

source: Indian Express

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