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Infant left in a train: Couple says they will be legally married for child’s well-being

17 March 2023 03:30 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The unmarried couple who had abandoned a 13-day-old infant in the toilet of the Batticaloa-bound Meenagaya express train today sought court’s permission for the care and full custody of their child after insisting that they will be legally married for the child’s well-being.

Senior Counsel Lakshan Dias appearing for the couple informed court that his clients are ready to take custody of the child and preparing to legally marry by today itself considering the utmost well-being of the child.

Taking into consideration the facts, Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage ordered the Director of Lady Ridgeway Hospital, to hand over the infant to their parents. Accordingly, the couple was ordered to be released on two sureties of Rs.500,00 each. The infant is to be supervised under the direct supervision of a Probation Officer.  Meanwhile, the Magistrate further ordered that the child and the suspect couple to appear before the Government Analyst on March 21 for a DNA test. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 3

  • Suspend sentance for 3 to 5 years and see how they behave Friday, 17 March 2023 04:31 PM

    The suspects may soon donate the child for adoption after escaping from trouble. They should have 3-5 year bond or suspended sentence placed for ongoing well-being of child and if they fail they should be imprisoned.

    sujata Friday, 17 March 2023 05:02 PM

    where is our country heading to

    Shelly Saturday, 18 March 2023 11:04 PM

    They had 9 or 10 months to get married for the sake of their child. Why now? May God protect this child.

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