Pakistani national Ghulam Abbas said he hopes the woman who cared for the boy can adopt him
The 'foster father' of a five-year old boy abandoned in a Dubai mall has come forward to say that he hopes the woman arrested for the case is freed and can adopt the child, according to local media reports.
The boy, who was abandoned by his mother, was abandoned again by a woman who was looking after him in Sharjah. He was found on September 7 and handed over to Dubai Police.
A Filipina, 51-year old Mayumi Quindara, was taken into custody and referred to the Dubai Prosecution, which is considering filing charges of filing a false police report and living in the UAE illegally.
She has reportedly confessed to taking care of the boy for the last five years after his mother left the country, and admitted to handing the boy over to Dubai Police and making a false claim. Three other women have also been taken into custody.
Speaking to Gulf News from his native Pakistan, the boy’s foster father, Ghulam Abbas, said that Quindara has called him twice from Dubai jail over the last several days.
“She also told me that she wanted to adopt the child with my permission. I told her that I have no objection and we will very happy to adopt the child if the authorities allow this," Abbas was quoted as saying.
“I am determined to fight Maya’s case because I love her a lot. I would request the authorities to let us adopt the child and forgive her for making up the story.
“All she wanted was the welfare of the child by giving him a legal status. She was also under pressure from me as I told her to give the child back to his original mother, but she probably did not know where she is and then she made the mistake of making up the story at the time of handing over the child to the police,” he added.