A relieved mother has been reunited with her baby daughter, who was snatched and sold by her drug-addict husband, as the child’s adopted mother tearfully handed her over.
The 10-month-old was returned to her mother in emotional scenes after a court in Chittagong ruled the child had been taken without her permission and sold to a childless couple.
Tearful Nusrat Jahan, who launched legal action in April suspecting her husband had been involved in the child’s disappearance, wept at a court hearing.
Nusrat Jahan (right), the biological mother of the child, and Rasheda Akter (left), the adopted mother, are seen at court after the verdict in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong
Adopted mother Rasheda Akter was overcome with emotion as she gave the infant back.
The girl’s mother, Nusrat Jahan, said: ‘I am extremely happy that I got my daughter back. I could not sleep all these months after she was snatched from my lap.’
She launched legal action in April after suspecting her husband’s role in their daughter’s disappearance.
Her husband, a methamphetamine addict, is accused of stealing the baby from the couple’s home Halishahar, a neighbourhood in Chittagong.
He has been detained and will face charges relating to kidnapping and selling the infant.
Court clerk Mohammad Yusuf said there were emotional scenes as the baby was taken from her adopted parents and given to her biological mother.
Drug use has flourished in Bangladesh in recent years, with a blend of methamphetamine and caffeine known locally as yaba especially popular among youth
‘The child was reluctant to leave her adopted mother, as she has nursed her well,’ Yusuf said.
‘Both the baby and the adopted mother burst into tears as the child was reunited with her mother.’
Jahan, 20, said the adopted parents were welcome to visit the child.
‘I told her my door is always open,’ she said, referring to the adopted mother.
Drug use has flourished in Bangladesh in recent years, with a blend of methamphetamine and caffeine known locally as yaba especially popular among youth.
Experts say millions are hooked on the highly-addictive stimulant, which is smuggled into Bangladesh from Southeast Asia.