July 20th, 2016
Aditya Tiwari hails from Indore and is a software engineer. He made headlines in January this year when he adopted a child affected by Down’s syndrome and also has hole in his heart. The process of adoption was tough to say the least. Legally, the minimum age for adoption in India was 30 back then. Aditya, aged 28 at the time of filing the application for adoption, did not give up. He took up the matter with Women and Child Welfare Department (WDC) minister, Maneka Gandhi and Prime Minister’s Office and requested for help in adoption.
Aditya had to wait for months before the minimum age of the parent applying for adoption was reduced to 25 years in 2015. Aditya was allowed to adopt Binny from an orphanage of the Missionaries of Charity in December, 2015, and the legal formalities were over in January, 2016. Thus, he became India’s youngest single father. From Binny, the child was rechristened to Avneesh Tiwari. Seven months hence, on 16th July, Aditya got married – just like his adoption, his marriage also stands out!
Some important facts to be observed:
Aditya had first met Binny, now named Avneesh, at an orphanage of the Missionaries of Charity in Indore in 2014. Playing with Binny for a few minutes were all it took for him to fall in love with the child. However, nobody wanted to adopt Binny since he had this genetic disorder called Down’s syndrome. Following his role model, single mother, Sushmita Sen, Aditya decided to adopt this child.
When Aditya was going to file for Binny’s adoption, many of the so called well-wishers had tried to “reason” with him, telling him not to adopt the child. According to them, Aditya would not be able to handle him and would be harassed. Some people crossed all limits of decency by telling him that no girl would be ready to marry him due to the responsibility of taking care of a disabled child.
However, Aditya believes that Avneesh is a special child. He only has a genetic disorder, that is, Down’s syndrome and a hole in his heart. People had cautioned him that he would not be able to manage his special medical condition, but he knew what he wanted to do – he went ahead and adopted him.
“I took him to a pediatrician who said we might not require an immediate surgery for the hole in his heart. As far as Down’s syndrome goes, I have read up about it and consulted doctors. I know my son’s mental growth will be slow but unlike his biological parents, I won’t give up,” Tiwari told The Indian Express. He revealed to Hindustan Times that since he came in the family, all the family members have been very happy.
What is so special about Aditya’s wedding?
Aditya is a unique man in becoming the youngest single father in India. No wonder, his marriage was equally unique. His wedding was attended by more than 10000 people. Around 10000 of them were homeless, aged people and orphans whom nobody invites to a wedding. These people have nobody to call them their own. Apart from them were his close family members. Besides, over 1000 animals from a nearby zoo and stray dogs also attended.
The marriage was not a gala event accompanied with a DJ or a band. All the guests were served simple meals – there was no lavish menu. In the meantime, more than a hundred trees were planted as part of the festivities.
Aditya would have married earlier had it been possible, but he wanted a wife who would be able to take care of Avneesh as much as him. Regarding his wife, a beaming Aditya says that he is elated that she is concerned about Avneesh more than Aditya! Aditya’s father, Kailash Tiwari now feels that the family is complete. Avneesh has also got a mother now. The child had already become a part of the family. Despite his medical condition, the family could see many changes in him.
The Logical Indian team congratulates Aditya for finding a woman of his dreams who would accept Avneesh, a child with special needs, with open arms! Moreover, we laud his unique wedding celebration! We wish that more people in India would come forward to make special wedding arrangements like Aditya’s! That would bring about a change in the country in the true sense.