Guwahati/Mangaldoi, January 5: In a sensational incident, it has come to light that two babies (one born to a Bodo family and the other to a Muslim family) got exchanged at Mangaldoi in Assam around three years ago. The incident happened at the Mangaldoi Civil Hospital and the matter has only come to light after a recently conducted DNA test. While one of the babies was born to a Bodo Family (Anil Bodo-Sewali Bodo), the other was born to a Muslim Family (Sahabuddin Ahmed-Salema Ahmed) and the babies were apparently swapped after birth at the Hospital. The parents had no idea about this initially.
According to reports, Sahabuddin Ahmed, father of one of the babies had initial suspicion regarding baby swapping and had filed a case at Mangaldoi PS. With his own initiative, Sahabuddin got a DNA test of the babies done and his worst fears came true when reports emerged that the babies were indeed swapped.
Meanwhile a case has been registered under sections 120(B), 420 against the Hospital authorities. A hearing on the case has been scheduled for January 24, according to sources.
Sources further say, the parents have decided that they won’t swap back the kids now keeping in mind the mental state of the babies as they are already habituated with their parents. They however demanded strict action against the hospital so that such incidents don’t get repeated in the future.
The whole incident points towards shocking negligence on the part of the Hospital authorities sparking fears that such cases are rampant in government hospitals of Assam.