Jeeja Ghosh makes history as first disabled person in India to adopt baby
This was one battle that Jeeja Ghosh says was well worth the struggle. The 48-year-old Kolkata activist, who has cerebral palsy, has created history as the first disabled person in India to adopt a baby.
Jeeja says she faced many hurdles before she could adopt the baby. But she was determined not to give up.
Since she was a child, Jeeja had nursed dreams of becoming a mother. When she got married in 2013, she was finally sure of realizing the dream with the love and support of her husband, Bappaditya Nag.
Lovingly called Bhujungu, the baby girl means the world to Jeeja and her husband now.
Jeeja and her husband had to knock on many doors from 2016 to adopt a baby. Inspite of showing biological certificates, orphanages were reluctant to give a child to the couple. The couple say they were even humiliated by certain questions from the orphanages.
It was love at first sight when the couple saw Bhujungu. The baby was found abandoned at a centre in Kolkata. Her biological parents are unknown to officials.