Daddy Padarath: MP now father of baby girl

Princes Town MP Bar­ry Padarath, who has spent years cham­pi­oning a move­ment for the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren, now has a ba­by girl of his own.

How­ev­er, just like any oth­er fa­ther Padarath says he has ab­solute­ly no in­ten­tion of putting his daugh­ter in the spot­light even though there is al­ready some con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing her birth.

 

A source who re­quest­ed anonymi­ty said Padarath al­leged­ly paid a hefty sum and fa­thered the ba­by.

It is be­lieved that Padarath paid US dol­lars to a sur­ro­gate moth­er who car­ried the ba­by full term un­til her birth. How­ev­er, he re­fused to diviluge such in­for­ma­tion.

The source al­so said that Padarath had a legal­ly bind­ing arrange­ment with the moth­er to hand over full cus­tody of the child to him af­ter birth.

Padarath held a ba­by wel­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion at his Roys­to­nia, Cou­va home yes­ter­day to in­tro­duce the ba­by Se­jal Padarath to his fam­i­ly and friends. The ba­by who is three months old, wore a white dress and she gur­gled in her dad­dy’s arms while tas­sa drums rolled and peo­ple danced.

Hold­ing a white um­brel­la over her head, Padarath took her up­stairs where she was kissed by sev­er­al peo­ple. Padarath mo­tioned for the tas­sa drum­mers to play as he danced with her in an au­di­to­ri­um dec­o­rat­ed in pink and white.

Af­ter­ward, the pop­u­lar Cup­py­cake song was played while Padarath cut a pink and white cake with her.

Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, Padarath said he did not want his daugh­ter to be­come ex­posed to the me­dia.

“I have no in­ten­tion of putting my ba­by in the spot­light,” he said. Asked whether it was true that he had spent a hefty sum to a sur­ro­gate moth­er to car­ry the child, Padarath said, “I have no in­ten­tion of re­spond­ing to any of these al­le­ga­tions.”

He added: “Dr Row­ley has many chil­dren on stage and no­body asks him where he got the ba­by, so I do not in­tend to re­spond or raise my child in the spot­light.”

Padarath is known in his con­stituen­cy for sup­port­ing scores of chil­dren with school books, bags, sta­tionery and ham­pers over the years.

Since 2016, he has been an ad­vo­cate for the strength­en­ing of the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit. He has al­so called for more staffing for the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty, the es­tab­lish­ment of a pub­lic Na­tion­al Sex of­fend­er’s reg­istry, and so­cial sup­port for teenage moth­ers.

 - by Radhica De Silva

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