Aditya Tewari, a 28-year-old software engineer from Indore, became India’s youngest single father when he adopted a child, Binney, suffering from Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.
As the legal age to adopt a child was 30, the orphanage authorities were not ready to hand over Binney to him. Knowing this, Aditya requested Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister Of Woman Development & Child Development, to look into this matter. After a lengthy and agonizing legal battle, the new adoption guidelines were implemented and Mrs Sumitra Mahajan, an honorable Speaker of Lok Sabha, passed a revised bill, where the age limit of the Prospective Adoptive Parent (PAP) was lowered to 25.
Recently, Aditya got married to Arpita, whom he’s known for the last 15 years, on 16 July. The reason why it took him so long to get married is because for him, finding the right person who could take care of Binney just like him was more important and Arpita completely filled that void. At his wedding ceremony, his guest list included 10,000 homeless people and orphans and around 1,000 animals from zoos. He says:
“People tend to spend lakhs of rupees on their marriage by hiring disk jockeys, on decorations and lavish menu but I do not want to do the same. As it is one of the happiest days of my life, I want to include people who never get any invitations like children from an orphanage, homeless and poor people.”
He is also planning to plant 100 trees as part of the celebrations.
Seeing Aditya’s contribution towards society makes us value his humane side. One needs to be more compassionate for the people around us and somewhere deep down, we all have ‘Aditya’ inside us, ready to make the change they want to see. All we need to do is wake him up.