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Mangalore, Feb 12: Maria Chaya Schupp, who was given for adoption to a German couple in 1981 has returned to Mangalore to track down her biological mother. With the adoption agency, Nirmala Social Welfare Centre at Ullal rejecting her request to access records on her mother, a dejected Maria sought the help of the media on Saturday.
In 1981 when Chaya was six she was given in adoption to a Germany-based couple Wolfgang Schupp and Ingid Schupp through a Carla Wiedeking who ran an adoption agency Pro Infante in Germany.

Chaya, now aged 30 is on a mission to trace her mother. “Non-availability of a written consent from mother and missing deed of relinquishment leads to the conclusion that I have been kidnapped from my mother," Chaya accused, who has memories of living together near Town Hall while her single mother worked in a 'Dhanda business'.

"I remember my mother treating me well in spite of difficult circumstances and have good reasons to believe that she wanted a good education and future for me," Chaya asserts. However, I want to ask her why she gave me in the hands of the Nirmala Cente,” said Chaya who is now employed as a social worker in Germany and has been camping in the city since January trying to unearth information about her mother from different quarters.

Chaya along with her friend Arun Dhole met the Ullal police, who also failed to make available the records from Nirmala Social Welfare Centre.

Desperately searching for her mother, Chaya has also filed a complaint with the Child Welfare Committee alleging that the centre's refusal to show her records aroused suspicion that she may have been kidnapped.
"We will show records only on directions of court, said Nirmala Social Welfare Centre secretary Sister Lucy D'Souza. Further, K P Vasudeva Rao of the District Adoptive Parents Association has also advised them to place a writ petition in the High Court as the adoption agency is not co-operative.

“I don't know what I will do after I meet my mother, but first thing is I want to meet her". Chaya believes that her mother is still alive as she recalls that her 'amma' may have been 20-25 when she last saw her. Frustrated over the attitude of centre authorities, she has alleged that they (Nirmala Social Service Centre) may have been indulged in child trafficking.
Chaya who expressed that she may have to face many more hurdles until she finally finds her way to her mother, is determined to keep the search progressing.

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