For example, Mallika
and Dimple both fumbled when asked questions about their respective ages.
Dimple claims her age is around 25, but also maintains, that if you went
by her birth certificate, three years ago she would have been 16. Mallika
had to ask her father for her date of birth, which Ringelmann claimed
was 1989. This means Mallika is 15 and according to the Goa Children’s
Act, any adoption of a minor has to be registered with the Directorate
of Women and Child Welfare.
According to Superintendent of Police, Bosco George, Mallika was sent
for an ossification test in order to determine her age. The test revealed
that she was indeed a minor but despite that the police did not take its
investigations further when it could have straight away arrested him for
‘illegal detention’ of a minor girl, under the provisions
of Goa Children’s Act 2003.
George, in fact, admitted on camera, “Both mother and daughter,
don’t look like mother and daughter, but look like young girls.”
Even for a moment, if we assume his adoption deed to be legal –
which it is not – he is still required to further register with
the Directorate of Women and Child Welfare. Not doing so, should have
attracted a penalty of Rs 1 lakh but Ringlemann continues to stay with
them since 1998.
The issue of Mallika’s adoption reeks of the untruth. Mallika claims,
that her father had ‘given’ her away to Ringelmann when she
was a child and that she does not remember her family now. How come then,
the adoption deed carries the thumb imprint of a widow Laxmi Idger?
The adoption deed in its present form is suspect. No one can simply pick
up a child and adopt him or her. It is not a court order as specified
by law, but on a Rs 100 stamp paper. It is as bogus as Ringelmann’s
joint declaration of marriage.
Here is an excerpt quoted in a report prepared for the International Organisation
for Migration for the European Union’s stop programme dealing with
‘Trafficking in Unaccompanied Minors in the eu’.
“The first signs of an increase in the level of trafficking in minors,
mainly in very young children and infants from Asia and Africa to Germany,
appeared as early as the 1980s with illegal adoptions,” the report
Research conducted by a leading Cologne-based research institute Zartbitter,
which has also been mentioned in the report states, “A new method
practiced by the traffickers and/or paedophiles is the adoption of children…
They (Germans) have married the women, adopted the children and begun
using them sexually.”
The report categorically says that, “In Germany, children are trafficked
almost exclusively for the purpose of sexual exploitation.” The
marriage declaration on a Rs 20 affidavit carries a string of categorical
lies sworn in as the truth. Ringelmann here claims he is an Indian inhabitant,
when in reality he is a German citizen holding passport number 5041803573.
The Vashi address on his marriage declaration does not exist.
Villagers in Morjim like Dayanand Mandrekar, headmaster of the local Peter
Alvares High School, have been seeing Ringelmann for over a decade now.
And not just Ringelmann… “The lady wearing the mangalsutra
is staying for the last 12 to 15 years with him. What was her condition
twelve years back. Now she is matured. Now she is grown up.”
August 14, 2004
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