Court Grants Custody of Hindu Girl to Muslim Foster Father

December 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

A Muslim man was granted custody of his Hindu daughter, by a local court here, whom he had brought up as his own after finding her abandoned on a railway station 13 years ago.

Judge H K Ghayal of the fast track court in Bharuch, while pronouncing the judgement recently, observed that Sarfaraz Kadri, the foster father, does not have a criminal record and the girl, Varsha Patel alias Munni (18), staying with him was not held against her will.

The court set aside previous order of the chief judicial megistrate, Bhrauch, which had denied custody of Varsha to Kadri.

After over six months of legal battle, Kadri, now a resident of Ramol area in the city, was awarded the custody of Varsha by the Bharuch Fast track court which said that it was the will of the girl to stay with her foster father.