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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Baby boy abandoned in India by parents who kept his twin sister but left him behind ‘as they already had a boy and couldn’t afford twins’

  • Twins were born in 2012, in a well-known women’s hospital in New Delhi 
  • Afterwards the couple returned to Australia with just the girl 
  • Australia has some obligation to track down child, says lawmaker 
  • Calls have been made for couple to be charged with child abandonment
  • Australian officials at the High Commission said the adoption was legal 
A western Sydney-based couple involved in a twins commercial surrogacy contract in India where they left behind a perfectly healthy boy while returning to Australia with his sister, could now face investigation by authorities.

The twins were born on November 22, 2012, in a reputable women’s hospital in New Delhi. However, after the birth the couple told the Australian High Commission staff there that they would be returning to Australia with just the girl.

The reason the couple allegedly gave was because they already had a boy and could not afford to look after twins.

ABC reports that the Sydney couple – allegedly the biological father of the twins is a corporate accountant with a multi-national corporation and his wife had her own childcare business – could be investigated by police over the matter.

‘I would imagine there'd be a number of reasons why the police should be involved and obviously the welfare authorities as well,’ Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit Court, John Pascoe, said.

‘I would have thought also that Australia has some obligation to track down and look after the welfare of the child that has been left behind.’

On Tuesday night ABC's Foreign Correspondent program also revealed that senior legal figures in India have also got their concerns over what happened.

One senior Indian lawmaker even said he wanted the couple charged with child abandonment and extradited to India.

'It's an offence in India, it's punishable [by] up to seven years imprisonment,' Indian Supreme Court senior counsel Shekar Nephade told ABC.

'If the Australian High Commission had information about the child, being that of the Australian couple, I'm afraid what they have done is improper.

'I would describe it as aiding and abetting the Australian couple abandoning the other child.'

A Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Australian officials at the High Commission said the adoption was legal and that it was now a matter for India's legal system.


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