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Landless labourer becomes father at 94
Published on 27 Dec. 2010 11:55 PM IST
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A landless labourer in Haryana claims to have fathered a child at an age of 94, replacing Rajasthan’s farmer Nanu Ram Jogi as the oldest father. Nanu Ram Jogi had in 2007 fathered his 22nd child at the age of 90.
Ramajit Raghav, who lives at a farmhouse on the outskirts of small town Kharkhoda in Sonipat district, about 40 km from Delhi, claimed to have become the proud father of a son. According to Haryana government’s old-age pension records Ramajit is 94 years old. His wife Shakuntala, who is stated to be in her mid fifties, gave birth to the child in the government hospital a month ago. Doctors stated that child was delivered normally and is in good health.
Shakuntala said she had consulted the doctors at the hospital after getting pregnant and was following all the instructions given by them from time to time.
“The child was born in the civil hospital and we were discharged in two days. My child is healthy and besides breast feed, I have also started giving him cow’s milk,” said Shakuntala. The couple termed the child as God’s gift and named him Karamjit. The couple has old-age pension and daily wages as sources of their livelihood and also own two cows. Ramajit Raghav said that he was originally a resident of Begpur village in Uttar Pradesh and had left his native place about 40 years ago after a violent dispute in his family.
He started working as a domestic help in Sonipat town with a farmer and later shifted to Kharkhoda where he has been living in the fields of Bhajan Bania, a landlord, for the last 22 years. “Though I got married while living with my family in Begpur, my wife died a few years later. I had no offspring from my first wife. I met Shakuntala in Kharkhoda around 15 years back and we started living together. Karamjit’s birth is a wish of God, “ he said.
When asked about the secret behind his long life, Ramajit maintained that he had been a wrestler in his youth and his daily diet comprised three kilogrammes of milk, half kg almond and half kg of ghee.
Ramajit further said he had visited his ancestral home about five years back. “I got a letter about a year back informing about the demise of my two elder brothers Munni Lal and Chhote Lal,” he said.
Talking about the epidemic that struck in 1929 and the partition, he said, “ I was a young boy of 18 years when the epidemic spread in this part of India and was over 30 when India got freedom and Hindu-Muslim riots broke out.”
Ramajit’s neighbour, Randhir Singh maintained that he was still going strong. “He can work for the whole day in fields and seemed to be in good stead in his family life even in this age. We remember that he gave shelter to Shakuntala who used to wander in the fields like a nomad. Later, they become a happy couple,” said Randhir Singh
Doctors at the Kharkhoda civil hospital do not rule out the possibility of fathering a child at 94 but the medical officer maintains that under normal circumstances it’s a remote possibility.
“The claim of Ramajit can be authenticated only after his medical examination”, the official stated.

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