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Lesbian deserving enough to get child’s custody: NGOs July 15, 2008

Posted by nitinkarani in dnaindia, English, Lesbian.
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From DNA, 2 July 2008: Lesbian deserving enough to get child’s custody: NGOs

They say if she is capable of looking after the baby, it does not matter whether she is her biological father or not
Maulik Buch. Vadodara
Several NGOs have expressed their support for Pintoo, the woman auto driver, who wants the custody of the test-tube baby of Binal, the girl with whom she was living in a lesbian relationship. Binal committed suicide on June 17.
“If Pintoo is capable enough to look after Khushi, the baby, then she shouldn’t be denied her custody only because she is not the girl’s biological father,” said Indira Pathak of Vikalp, an NGO working for the uplift of lesbians. “There are many couples across Gujarat, but this case is unique indeed,” she added.
Talking to DNA, Pathak said, “This is for the first time in Gujarat when a quarrel has taken place over the custody of a child after the death of one of the lesbian partners.”
Maya Sharma of Perma, an NGO working for lesbian and homosexual community, said, “We support Pintoo whether she is a biological father or not.”
“It has nothing to do with the biological status of the father. We are planning to rush to Ramol to meet Pintoo personally and extend her all help, whether legal or psychological. The custody of Khushi should be given to Pintoo and not Binal’s family members.”
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