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Ranchi mom clears DNA test

Ranchi, Nov. 27: DNA reports gave a decisive testimony in the curious maternity wrangle over an 11-year-old boy, going in favour of a Ranchi homemaker who had moved court to stake her motherhood claim, bypassing that of a tribal woman who had asserted the child was hers.

The state forensic laboratory submitted its sealed report before Jharkhand High Court today, confirming that Ravish, alias Sunil Oraon, was the long-lost son of Meera Devi from Sukhdeonagar.

Both ‘mothers’, Meera Devi and Bolo Orain of Ganeshpur village, as well as the boy were tested after the division bench of Justices D.N. Patel and Prashant Kumar ordered DNA profiling on November 8 to solve the case.

Interestingly, the boy on November 8 had said Orain was his mother. Now, his very own DNA helix testifies otherwise. Today, the two-member bench of Patel and Kumar directed the boy to be sent to the Dumardaga observation home in Ranchi till further orders and asked Orain to file her objection.

When the tribal lady said she was unable to seek legal help, the court appointed senior advocate Binod Poddar to help her out.

The matter will again be taken up again on December 4.

The case came before high court when Meera Devi filed a criminal writ petition to claim her “son Ravish missing since 2009”.

Devi, who said she had passed a harrowing three years without her son, had filed an FIR with Sukhdeonagar police station. The homemaker had given up all hope of finding her son till early this year when some Chanho residents on the capital’s outskirts said Ravish had been seen in Ganeshpur, a village in the block.

When Devi and her family members went to Ganeshpur to bring back Ravish, she found the boy staying as Sunil Oraon, the son of Orain, a resident of the village. The boy showed no recognition of Devi and even spoke in Sadri. When Orain and other Ganeshpur residents turned hostile on hearing Devi’s claim, the latter moved court.