290 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Bizarre bollywood movie style – babies exchanged at government hospital during childbirth, upon discovery 3 years later, parents refuse to swap back their real biological sons

Sewali & Salma’s stirring story of swapped sons

TNN | Jan 6, 2018


  • Sewali and Salma both delivered sons on March 11, 2015, at Mangaldai Civil Hospital in Darrang.
  • When time came to hand over the babies to the families, the nurses somehow mixed them up and the blunder went unnoticed for several days.
  • The DNA results mean nothing to either.

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GUWAHATI: Two couples, one Muslim and the other Bodo, in Assam‘s Darrang district have decided not to part with their sons despite DNA tests confirming they got swapped at birth in 2015. The biological son of Sahabuddin Ahmed and SalmaParveen now lives as Rakesh Boro, the son of Anil and Sewali Boro. Similarly, Anil and Sewali Boro‘s son lives as Zunaid in the Ahmed household

Sewali and Salma both delivered sons on March 11, 2015, at Mangaldai Civil Hospital in Darrang. When time came to hand over the babies to the families, the nurses somehow mixed them up and the blunder went unnoticed for several days.

“A week after we came back from the hospital, I found my wife crying, saying the baby did not belong to her as he looked different. He had small eyes, a tribal feature,” Sahabuddin, a teacher, said.

Around the same time, the Boros had a similar experience. Sahabuddin approached the hospital, but his complaint about a mix-up was rejected. He then filed an RTI query seeking the names and addresses of all the women who delivered children at the hospital the day his wife did. “There was one Bodo woman in the RTI reply I received. I wrote to the couple about the possibility of a mix-up. They invited us home and, after seeing the babies, were convinced there had been a mix-up. Boro’s mother, however, refused to accept the truth,” Sahabuddin said.

He then approached the SP, who ordered an FIR in December 2015 and a DNA test. The test was conducted in April 2016 and the report came in November. But the results mean nothing to either.

“We have decided not to part with our son. I’ve raised Rakesh and breastfed him. How can I live without him?” Sewali said. Salma added, “We tried to see the reaction of the babies by swapping them, but they wouldn’t leave the mothers who raised them. We will not switch them again.”

Shocking | Muslim-Bodo babies got exchanged in a Govt Hospital of Assam, DNA test reveals –


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.



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