Man allowed to fetch nephew from India

2012-05-08 20:06

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg granted Durban dentist Lingeswara Pillay permission on Tuesday to fetch his 1-year-old nephew from India after his mother was murdered.

The boy's father confessed to Indian police that he strangled his wife, poured petrol over her body and set her alight in October. He is being held in an Indian prison.

The South African-born boy was taken to India by father and his mother (Pillay's sister) on a one-year visa which expires in July.

At the moment, he was in the care of his father's parents in India, and could be placed in institutional care when his visa expires.

Sundeep Singh, who represented Pillay and his parents, argued that a court could grant guardianship of the boy because his permanent home was in South Africa.

He argued that if the child's father was imprisoned, the environment would not be good for the boy's upbringing.

If he was found not guilty, Pillay and his parents would not prevent him from visiting his son in South Africa.

The judge ordered Pillay to pay the costs of fetching the boy.

  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-08 20:31

    hat of to you Mr Pillay, for your tenacity and the determanation to do whats best for your newphew! May you be rewarded for your valiant efforts to ensure the boy's safety and to do whats in the minors best interest!!

  • Lynda - 2012-05-08 20:47

    Thank you Mr Pillay, this little boy needs to be with his Mom's family

  • Raj - 2012-05-08 21:00

    This loveless, heartless father does not even deserve the right to visit his son even after he serves his jail term. He deprived this little boy of his motherly love, care and guidance. Fortunately the visa was only valid for a year. Once he returns to South Africa he will be raised in a better environment and showered with love and better values. Thanks to the judge that granted permission to the uncle for a safe return of the little boy. The father deserves to rot in jail for his deeds.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-05-08 22:18

    I wish all men can be so hearted like you.

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