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WHERE DO I GO? Eighteen-month-old Nikitha, who is caught in a tussle between her biological parents and foster parents, being brought to the Sanjeevareddy Nagar police station on Wednesday.
WHERE DO I GO? Eighteen-month-old Nikitha, who is caught in a tussle between her biological parents and foster parents, being brought to the Sanjeevareddy Nagar police station on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Police say the matter should be settled in a family court

HYDERABAD: The battle between a biological mother and foster parents over the possession of a female baby had the city police in a fix even as the former lodged a complaint with the Sanjeevareddy Nagar police asking them to get her child back.

Twenty-two-month-old Nikitha is at the centre of the battle involving her biological mother Nazia and foster parents -- Swaroopa and Ch. Bikshapathi.

Nazia, who gave birth to the child but abandoned her later, told the police she had relinquished the baby as she was `unwell.'

"I took treatment in a private hospital and have recovered fully. I request you to get my daughter back," Nazia, who claimed herself as a beautician, said in her complaint to the police.

Frequent visits

The police said Nazia used to make visits to the police station enquiring about her daughter, but was sent away.

But a crestfallen Bikshapathi and Swaroopa were not willing to part with the child. "We are attached to the baby so much. After all, we brought her up as our own baby since she was barely six months old," Swaroopa said.

She alleged that the child was yet to recover from injuries to her hand, reportedly `inflicted by a hysteric Nazia'.

"We cannot live without her. The baby identifies everyone in our family. We are also planning to organise her birthday on a grand scale on August 7," Swaroopa's mother-in-law Laxmi told reporters.

`Police were informed'

According to Laxmi, Nazia and her husband Hussain lived in a rented house at Borabanda. She abandoned the three-month-old baby and Hussain later handed over it to house owner Laxminarasamma and vacated the house.

The house owner then gave the baby to the childless couple -- Bikshapathi and Swaroopa. Bikshapathi, an autorickshaw driver and resident of Musheerabad, said he had adopted the baby after informing the police.

Inspector A. Venkat Ratnam said the matter should be settled in a family court and the police had no say in it.


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