Victim of an alleged baby swapping episode, the four-and-half-month-old girl Atmaja, would finally get back the comfort and care of her parents as her family members are now ready to accept her as their daughter.

The baby was lying unclaimed at SCB medical college and hospital here ever since she was born on March 30 this year.

Claiming that she had delivered a baby boy, Atmaja’s mother Rashmita Mallick of Cuttack rural had left the hospital refusing to accept the baby girl. She had also alleged that her baby was swapped with the baby of another woman who shared her surname.

“But now the family members have agreed to accept the baby girl after the High Court on Friday decided that Rashmita Mallick, wife of petitioner Sukanta Mallick is actually the mother of the girl on the basis of a DNA report,” said Sukanta’s counsel Bijay Panda adding that the family would go to the hospital on Saturday to accept the baby.

Earlier in the morning, the Division Bench of Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice S.K. Mishra disposed off the petition of Sukanta Mallick ordering the petitioner to accept the baby as the DNA report submitted by genetic scientists of Hyderabad-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) indicated that the petitioner’s wife Rashmita was not the mother of the baby boy.

Sources said that CFSL report, although could not conclusively affirmed that Rashmita is the mother of the baby girl, it definitely pointed out that Rashmita was not the mother of the baby boy.

Blood samples of both the babies and the two mothers were sent to the Hyderabad laboratory on May 2 this year for DNA test following HC intervention.

The CFSL scientists last month however, had expressed their inability to give a conclusive view over the issue stating that they also required the blood samples of contesting fathers to exactly identify the parents of the baby girl. But since the fathers were away from the State to earn their livelihood, the High Court had asked the CFSL to give its report on the basis of available blood samples.

Two women—Rashmita and Nirupama having same surnames (Mallick) and their husbands sharing phonetically similar first names (Sukanta and Sushanta), were in the labour room of the hospital and delivered babies almost at the same time.

Both the babies—a boy and a girl were put in the same tray after their birth on March 30 evening.

While Nirupama went home with the baby boy, Rashmita had refused to accept the girl child claiming that her child was swapped by the hospital authorities.

HC verdict

However, after Friday’s verdict of the High Court, the beleaguered authorities of SCB medical college and hospital heaved a sigh of relief for similar allegations were also levelled against them earlier.