Gurmeet Singh, Debina Choudhary to adopt two orphan girls; will admit them in Patna school
Filmmaker Karan Johar becoming a father to two newborns through surrogacy has invited applause and greetings from multiple quarters. Now, television couple Gurmeet and Debina Choudhary have also become parents to two Bihar girls, but through adoption.
The Statesman reports that the couple met the two girls back in 2013 when they were in Jampur, a small town in Bihar, to attend a family wedding. Gurmeet's mother introduced him to the two girls who earn their livelihood in the capacity of domestic help. While one of them, Pooja, is an orphan, her first cousin Lata also lost her father a few years ago.
After giving it a lot of thought, the couple mutually decided to adopt the two girls to ensure a secure home and much-deserved education. India.com reports that the couple will visit Jarampur after Holi to execute the final formalities of the adoption process. "It is a two-day process. Everybody, including my parents, keep asking me when I’m planning a baby. Well, it’s official now, I’m bringing home two daughters and we couldn’t be more excited," said Gurmeet.
Bollywood Life reports that the couple has decided against moving the two girls to Mumbai at once as it may cause a cultural shock. Initially, they will study in a Patna school since the capital city would offer better exposure and infrastructure. After a year, they will move along with the couple in their Andheri residence and will subsequently study in a Mumbai school.
“After one academic year, they will shift in with us in our Andheri home by 2018. My brother and his family live in Patna and they will be around to see that they are well cared for. Debina and I will travel to Patna three-four times in the year and stay there through their summer vacation too," says Gurmeet as per the same report.