Muslim Father Fights Custody for Hindu Daughter

October 13, 2008

Author: Vivek Vijayapalan

Source: DNA India

This is straight out of a Bollywood tearjerker. A Muslim man who has no family finds an abandoned Hindu girl at a railway station and ‘adopts’ her. The father-daughter duo is living a happy life but by a quirk of fate, the police land at the man’s door and take away the girl, accusing him of keeping her illegally.

Now, at 60, Sarfaraz Qadri, a magician by profession, is fighting a legal battle for custody of his daughter. The girl, Varsha Patel, alias Munni, was handed over to a women’s protection cell in Bharuch after the chief judicial magistrate’s court there rejected the application filed by Qadri seeking the girl’s custody.