A mother’s suspicions led to a meeting, a DNA test and finally the truth – but by then it was too late to swap back
Salma Parbin knew. Her husband would not believe her for three months. The hospital would take two years to admit it. But within days of giving birth in March 2015, she knew: the baby she was cradling was not hers.
The way her husband, Sahabuddin Ahmed, recounts the story – which has become national news in India – the truth about the child should have been obvious. Indeed, it had been staring back at them.
On the same day at the Mangaldoi civil hospital, in the north-eastern state of Assam, another woman had also given birth to a son. She belonged to the Bodo tribe, an indigenous community with a distinct eye shape that more closely resembles Tibetans than people from the subcontinent.