80-year-old Father, Four Wives, 30 Kids, Another on Way


By Syed Zarir Hussain

Mohkhuli (Assam), Feb 16 (IANS) At 80, Hussain Ali, a small farmer in Assam, is still going strong but is a little worried as his third wife is expecting his 31st child, even as he is busy cradling a bubbly two-month-old baby boy in the courtyard, born to his fourth wife.

"It is all god's gift and wish that I have a large family of four wives and 30 children," Ali said with a hearty smile as his flowing grey beard tickled the infant and made him cry in his arms.

Donning a skullcap, Ali looked frail and emaciated as he sat in a rickety cane chair outside his cluster of mud-and-thatch huts at Mohkhuli village in Lakhimpur district, about 370 km east of Assam's main city Guwahati.

"Don't judge someone by his weight or height. I am young at heart although I am not going to marry any more and am happy with my 30 children and another that one of my wives is expecting," Ali said as he ordered one of his wives to come and take the baby from him.

His eldest son is 40.

But the octogenarian Ali was at his wit's end when asked if he remembered the names of all his children.

"You think being a father I would not remember the names of my children," Ali retorted with palpable anger and started telling the names of his children, but failed to complete the list after about 15 names.

"At times I do forget their names but recognise them from their faces," he said with yet another hearty laugh.

"I have no regrets for this large family and all my four wives are very good and caring," Ali said.

All four wives say Ali is a responsible husband and father and gives equal treatment to all of them.

"He is a nice man and very responsible," said first wife Mohirun Nessa who is the proud mother of 11 children - eight sons and three daughters.

The four wives stay in separate huts in the same compound with Ali making it a point to stay with all of them by turns in their respective huts.

"There are no complaints whatsoever from my wives or my children," Ali said.

At least 15 of them are now married and stay separately.

"At times it was hard to maintain the family, but now with some of my sons working, they help us financially," Ali said.

  

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    This is a biggest disaster of India. There is a need to bring strictest law in India against more than one marriage,against more than two children.And all marriages should be registered in the court.Keep one law for all citizens of India, don't give importance to any religion.

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  • NAVEEN FERNANDES, KALMADY / ALKHOBAR - K.S.A

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Lage raho hussain bhai..aur 20 overs baki hai..

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  • Santhosh Rego, Uppoor/Duabi

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    We have to follow rules of China in family planing. Other wise disaster waiting for our future generations.

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  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney, Australia

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Is it a record? - or, you must be nearly there! Hats off to you Hussain Ali- keep going old man! It appears that your job is just to produce, and someone else is taking care of your off-springs - their food, clothing and medicines etc, if not the education! By the way, best of luck to your new one, which is on the way!

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    He is like one of the old time
    family man, perhaps of the
    Biblical times. His carefree
    life of pleasure might have given
    him this longevity.

    On the other hand, how many of
    the children have even high school education? Did the children
    get proper nutrition in the growing
    age? Such fathers must be
    taught the importance of family
    planning because such fertile
    and overactive human beings can undermine
    India's economic growth into to
    economic crash.

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  • Shridhara Achar, Puttur/Bangalore

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Family Planning? By the by what is it? At the age of 80, 30 children and one more on the way. WARRE WA...Jai Ho India,that is Bharath.

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  • sachin, mangalore/dubai

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    kya baath......kya baath...... kya baath......

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Jaimini PB,

    The basis is food and good education. If one does not have to provide this to his children why worry about how many are the off springs ?

    These guys are literate enough to reproduce but illiterate to everything else. Strict law must be there to tax everybody who has more than 2 children - that includes Lalu Yadav, Deve Gowda and others.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    How this SUPERMAN looked after 4 wives and 30 kids when it is very difficult to look after 2 kids with good food and education ? Million $ question ?

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  • RAHUL, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    GOOD GOING KEEP IT UP & TRY TO FINISH HALF CENTURY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OTHERWISE OVERS WILL FINISH NOR UMPIRE STOPS THE PLAY DUE TO BAD LIGHT.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    See his contributions to the country.He has produced 30 siblings so far and he belongs to minority community!

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  • siddik, assam

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    One of great waste bodies.because of these people our population is increasing day by day.Government should impose some more tax on this people.Thanks daiji

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