AHMEDABAD: Recently, a Ghatlodia resident approached the city police to initiate action against his wife, apart from filing for divorce, after a paternity test revealed he was not the father of his 12-year-old boy he had raised as his son.
Cops said the husband grew suspicious of his wife of 13 years after stumbling upon chat messages with another man on her phone.
This led to a major confrontation after which the man decided to settle the issue once and for all and opted for a paternity test in a private laboratory. No counselling worked as man insisted that he cannot reconcile to such a huge shocker.
Curiously, this man is not alone in his quest to find a remedy to his suspicion. As per Directorate of Forensic Sciences (DFS) sources, in the year 2016 and 2017, they received an average of 160 cases annually or about three cases per week for DNA test to determine paternity.
In first five months of 2018 alone, this number has risen to 100 or nearly 5 cases per week!
“In nearly 90% of cases, the samples do reveal that the child in question is not related to the father,” said top officials in DFS. The DNA divisions of DFS at Gandhinagar and Surat work as the nodal agency for such tests that come strictly at the behest of police or judiciary.