Staff Reporter

Commission took up 34 cases in all

Panel orders DNA test in paternity disputes

Two cases kept pending

KOZHIKODE: Disputes relating to paternity and legitimacy were among the main issues that surfaced at the sitting of the Kerala State Women’s Commission at the collectorate conference hall here on Friday.

T. Devi, member, Kerala State Women’s Commission, told presspersons after the sitting that in view of the undue delay experienced in getting response from the opposite party, the panel recommended conduct of the DNA test to determine the paternity in two cases.

Women’s rights

Replying to a query on the recent recommendation of the commission to the State government that girls below 18 ought not to be forced to nunhood, Ms. Devi said the commission was primarily concerned with protecting the rights of girls and women.

The church could, meanwhile, place its contentions and arguments, if any, before the government.

The panel took up as many as 34 cases of which eight were settled.

In 10 cases, the opposite party did not turn up, while both the parties were present in 15 cases.

Two cases were kept pending.

In one case of paternity dispute, Rehmat Beevi of Kozhikode alleged that she was the daughter of one Syed Mohammed Pookoya Thangal of Kasaragod, and that he should accept her as his legitimate daughter.

The panel members made a visit to the house of the alleged father in Kasaragod and requested the family to intimate its contention to the commission.

In view of the undue delay experienced in getting response from the alleged father in the case, the panel would order the conduct of a DNA test, Ms. Devi said.

The commission decided to order DNA test in another paternity dispute filed by Asma Beevi.

The commission will seek maintenance for the petitioner through the Family Court. In one petition that was settled, the panel noted how the provisions of law failed to come to the aid of a woman who was adopted by a police officer, but not as per the legal procedure.

Ms. Devi said instances had come to light of persons impersonating as members of the panel.