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Anupama’s baby will be brought back in five days

ByJanice K. Merrill

Nov 17, 2021

Anupama S. Chandran’s baby boy, who was reportedly given up for adoption without his consent, will be returned to Kerala in five days.

Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday issued an order to the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW). The KSCCW was asked to bring the baby back as he was placed with a foster family by the agency. Once the infant has been brought back, the CWC will proceed with the genetic identification of the baby to decide on its biological parents.

A special juvenile police unit will accompany the baby as he is brought back to Kerala by a couple from Andhra Pradesh, with whom he has been placed in foster care. The Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime Section), who heads the unit, will be in charge of the baby’s safety during his journey from Andhra Pradesh to Thiruvananthapuram, sources said.

By the way, Ms Chandran is protesting outside the KSCCW office to demand the sacking of JS Shiju Khan, the general secretary of the board, and N. Sunanda, the president of the CWC, who she said were behind the adoption.

The adoption case had become a socio-political issue in the state, with the mother alleging her parents gave the baby after falsely obtaining her consent. The state government and top CPI (M) leaders intervened in the case after Ms Anupama and her partner Ajith staged a protest outside the Secretariat demanding the return of their child.

Ms Anupama had also lodged a police complaint against her father, S. Jayachandran, a CPI (M) leader, her mother, sister and brother-in-law for allegedly abducting the baby.

The district child protection officer was tasked with keeping the baby safe. Once the baby returns to the state, it will be placed in the care of a fit person within the meaning of the Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Act 2015 until a decision is made in the case. The CWC will issue orders to put the baby in the care and protection of a suitable person to be identified by the police commissioner, sources said.

The suitable person will be in charge of the baby until his biological parents are identified by a DNA test. Final orders in the adoption case will be made by the CWC after completing all legal formalities, the sources said.

Separately, the family court, Thiruvananthapuram, will consider the case on Saturday.