Rohit moves SC, seeks respect for kids born out of wedlock

Wont let dad get off the hook, says biological offspring

A day after his five-year-long struggle to get acknowledged as veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari’s biological son fructified, Rohit Shekhar is not celebrating, at least not yet. “The fight has not ended, it will continue further,” Shekhar said.

The 32-year-old law graduate has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking to remove derogatory words like ‘bastard,’ ‘illegitimate’, ‘concubine’ and ‘keep’ from the statutes. “I wish no child faces the pain and stigma like me,” Shekhar said, after the Delhi High Court declared him the biological son of N D Tiwari. “Why should a child be labeled illegitimate or bastard? Why should a child suffer if two adults entered into a relationship and did not get married?”

Any respite for Tiwari is nowhere on the anvil, since Shekhar now plans to decide the future course of action after discussing with his mother and grandmother. “Today my entire family, especially mother, grandmother…all of them have been vindicated. This was not a fight for property or battle to be declared as heir apparent,” he said, pointing out that his maternal grandfather, Sher Singh, was a former Union minister and one of the founders of the state of Haryana. Shekhar’s bitterness towards the octogenarian Congress leader seems unabated, especially for the treatment Tiwari meted out to his mother, Ujjwala Sharma.

“Now his (Tiwari’s) lie has been exposed. Since his conduct has been dismissive from the very beginning, he will have to face severe consequences,” Rohit said. Fielding questions on whether he will claim a stake in Tiwari’s properties, Shekhar said: “I will put everything before the court, which will take a call.”

“Whatever is justified to us, me and my mother, must come to us,” he said.

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