Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Parents run from pillar to post to get birth certificate for boy born mid-air

Jaipur: Parents of the baby boy who was born in the Bengaluru-Jaipur flight last month have been running from pillar to post to get a birth certificate for their child who is now 20 days old.

The couple had boarded the flight around 5.45am from Bengaluru and landed in Jaipur airport around 8am on March 17 with their newborn baby. As per the rule, the birth certificate must be issued within 21 days of birth.

Bhairu Singh, father of the baby, told TOI, “After delivery in the flight, we were taken to a private hospital in Jaipur but I did not get my wife and child admitted as it was very expensive. So, after initial check-up, we straight away went to my village Jaliya Rupabas in Beawar district.”

After reaching the village, Bhairu started the process to get his son’s birth certificate. “I went to the sarpanch who told me to go to the government hospital from where I was sent to another hospital,” Bhairu told TOI.

“Both hospital officials seemed confused as soon as I mentioned that my son was born mid-air. They told me to go to the gram panchayat,” Bhairu added. The gram panchayat, initially, declined to issue the certificate citing jurisdiction. “Although the certificate should be issued in Jaipur, we will start the process from here to help Bhairu Singh as now there is no other option left,” Dileep Singh, sarpanch, said.

07/04/21 Times of India

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