Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 12:01 IST
Sushmita Sen opens up about the challenges she faced while adopting her eldest daughter Renee at 24
Sushmita Sen spoke about the unexpected hurdles she faced as a single, unmarried woman applying for adoption.
Sushmita Sen recently opened up about her decision to adopt her daughter Rene Sen. She also shed light on the challenges she faced and the transformative impact on her life.
Sushmita Sen opens up about her decision to adopt
During a discussion with Twinkle Khanna, Sushmita Sen answered questions about the actress's choice to become a mother at a young age. The actress reflected on her time as Miss Universe and revealed that visiting adoption centres merely to take pictures used to tug at her heart. This emotional connection led her to make a life-changing decision to adopt.
Sushmita Sen talks about the challenges she faced
Sushmita Sen discussed the challenges she encountered during the adoption process. Expressing her initial expectation of getting married, the actress spoke about the unexpected hurdles she faced as a single, unmarried woman applying for adoption. She shared how her decision challenged orthodox laws in India and questioned societal norms.
The former Miss Universe shared an important chapter in her motherhood journey—the fight in the High Court for the adoption of her first daughter, Renee. Sen mentioned that Renee was initially placed under foster care, and the court hearing took place after six months. The High Court's scrutiny included assessing Sen's suitability as a single, unmarried parent.
During the court proceedings, when the judge raised concerns about the impact on Sushmita Sen's marriage and life due to the adoption decision, her father, Subir Sen, conveyed that no father would be entirely okay with such a decision, but he affirmed that they hadn't raised Sushmita to be solely identified by her marital status. He expressed confidence in his daughter's commitment to motherhood and pledged unwavering support.
She said, “No father will be okay with that your honour. But what I know for sure is we haven't raised her to be her only identity to be someone's wife, she's chosen this motherhood and the one thing I know my daughter to do is to follow through, she will follow through, and she has my support, she has her mother, she has the family. Give us Renee.”
Published December 23rd, 2023 at 12:01 IST