Foster mother of surrogate child moves court for maternity leave

Married for the past 20 years, she was unable to become a mother.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:October 31, 2014 2:20 am

A state-employed Kerala woman, who became a mother with the help of surrogate parent, pleaded in the the High Court for maternity leave to take care of the child.

The petitioner, employed with the Kerala Livestock Development Board under the Animal Husbandry Department and who now had the legal custody of the child, sought for the six-month maternity leave, entitled for state government employees in Kerala. After the initial hearing on Wednesday, the High Court posted the case for an argument.

Married for the past 20 years, she was unable to become a mother. After getting possession of the child, the petitioner complained that without maternity leave, she was unable to take proper care of the baby.

The petitioner said the surrogate mother had delivered the child on June 18 after which she approached the Livestock Board for a six-month maternity leave. However, the board rejected the petition, stating that she should submit medical certificate to claim the maternity leave.

Now, the petitioner has moved the High Court against the decision of her employer, Livestock Development Board. She claimed that she was entitled for all rights of a biological mother.

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