Hats off: 28-year-old Indian bachelor adopts child with Down's Syndrome

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It took more than a year for 28-year-old MNC-employee Aditya Tiwari to get custody of the child suffering from Down's Syndrome

At a time when people his age are usually pursuing high-flying careers, Aditya Tiwari was fighting an altogether new battle. For more than a year now, 28-year-old Tiwari, who works with a Pune MNC, was fighting with authorities to adopt one-and-a half-year old Binney. What makes this all the more special is that the toddler suffers from Down’s Syndrome and also has a hole in his heart. However, Tiwari’s persistence paid off and he was handed over the child on the first day of the new year, reports The Times Of India.

An uphill task

It hasn’t been an easy battle for Tiwari. When he initiated the adoption proceedings in September 2014, Indian laws didn’t allow single parents below 30 to adopt. Things changed in August 2015, when this age was brought down to 25. Despite the change in norms, it took 5 months for Tiwari to get Binney home. Tiwari also thanked Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who had intervened last August and asked the authorities at Matrachhaya (the shelter where the child was staying) to hand over the child to him.

"We have named him Avnish Tiwari. He will now stay with me in my Pune home,” the report quotes Tiwari as saying.

(Pic courtesy: The Times Of India)

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Avinash Iyer

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