Japanese child stuck in India’s Jaipur

August 7th, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A 12-day-old infant, born to a Japanese couple through an Indian surrogate mother, cannot be reunited with her biological father and is stuck in an Indian hospital due to legal complications.

Yuki and Ikufumi Yamada, the biological parents chose a woman in Ahmedabad, a state Gujarat, India to carry their child.

Back in July 24, before the child was born, Yuki Yamada divorced her husband and rejected to raise the child on her own. Whereas Yamada, the child’s father is keen to take the baby girl back home to Tokyo, who had to leave India after Manji was born as his visa expired. To an archaic Indian law, it is illegal for a single father to adopt a female child and this made the infant Manji stuck in the hospital.

Laws on surrogacy is not exist in India and thus the only way they can do is through adoption.

While Yamada is the child’s biological father, her legitimacy has to be proved by consent of both parents.

The 12-day-old Manji is now lying in an incubator in a hospital in Jaipur in northern India, unaware of the legal debate which is going on around her. There is only Amiko, a 70 year-old paternal grandmother at her side. The family has to shift the baby to Jaipur after the recent bomb blasts in Gujarat and because Yamada has a long-time Indian friend who originally hails from Jaipur.

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