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Not in Blood but in Bond: Mahesh Savani is a proud father of 472 daughters

Mahesh fosters 472 young women who have lost their fathers and helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life

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Indian brides sit for a group photo before a mass wedding hosted by a diamond trader in Surat, India. Image source: (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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  • Mahesh Savani was inspired to help fatherless daughters after his brother died
  • This year in 2016, 216 of his daughters will be married
  • Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers

AHMEDABAD: A staggering number that leads many people to question, how? Mahesh Savani, a businessman, is the proud father of 472 daughters. Not in blood but in bond. These daughters are not biologically his; rather, he serves as a generous father figure to these girls.

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Mahesh Savani lost his brother years ago. This left Savani not only heartbroken, but his two nieces were left without a father; Savani stepped in. This moved him to think of other girls who are left without a father. He says, “It is challenging for a woman who has lost her husband to get her daughter married.” Hina Kathiriya, whose father passed away six years ago got married in 2015, she says, “Mahesh papa is just a message away when we need him,” said the TOI report.

Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Savani’s interests range from realty, to school, and diamonds; a family business. He comes from the Raparda village of Bhavnagar, where his father came 40 years earlier. Originally his father was a diamond polisher, eventually turning into a unit. This unit is still in the family name, and is very prosperous.

According to TOI, Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers. He helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life. Since the family business is successful, Savani can afford to spend over Rs 4 lakh on each daughter’s wedding. The girls get everything they need in order to start a home; clothes, utensils, and electronics. They also receive silver and gold. This year alone, Savani will help 216 girls get married. He does not prejudice against different religions, or different castes.

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“Mahesh papa is more than a father to me. I wish every girl in the world gets a father like him,” said Naheda Banu. She lost her father when she was just a child, and she married Arif in 2014.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Only a father can understand how hard it is to leave the family. Mahesh is a great man, his step towards this has made him a proud citizen of India.

  • devika todi

    this is a very kind and charitable move.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This shows that we have one more relation, other than blood relation, which is a relation of humanity.

  • AJ Krish

    Such acts, restores the lost faith in humanity. These selfless acts needs to be noticed and many more should follow his steps.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Nowadays people are busy with their own lives not even bothering about the people of their own family while this person is doing his best for the girls who lost their fathers .. This is really appreciable.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Only a father can understand how hard it is to leave the family. Mahesh is a great man, his step towards this has made him a proud citizen of India.

  • devika todi

    this is a very kind and charitable move.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This shows that we have one more relation, other than blood relation, which is a relation of humanity.

  • AJ Krish

    Such acts, restores the lost faith in humanity. These selfless acts needs to be noticed and many more should follow his steps.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Nowadays people are busy with their own lives not even bothering about the people of their own family while this person is doing his best for the girls who lost their fathers .. This is really appreciable.

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Girls may inherit ovarian cancer gene from fathers

The researchers collected information about pairs of granddaughters and grandmothers and sequenced portions of the X-chromosome from 186 women affected by cancer

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A mutation on the X-chromosome may also advance ovarian cancer's age of onset by more than six years. Wikimedia Commons
A mutation on the X-chromosome may also advance ovarian cancer's age of onset by more than six years. Wikimedia Commons

Scientists have found a gene responsible for ovarian cancer that can be passed down from fathers to their daughters.

The study found that genes on the X-chromosome get potentially passed down through the father to his daughter, thus increasing the risk of ovarian cancer in girls.

A mutation on the X-chromosome may also advance ovarian cancer’s age of onset by more than six years.

“Our study may explain why we find families with multiple affected daughters: because a dad’s chromosomes determine the sex of his children, all of his daughters have to carry the same X-chromosome genes,” said Kevin H.

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Eng, Assistant Professor at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Buffalo, the US.

The study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, stated that the genetic mutation inherited from the paternal grandmothers were also associated with higher rates of prostate cancer in fathers and sons as well.

The study found that genes on the X-chromosome get potentially passed down through the father to his daughter, thus increasing the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. Wikimedia Commons
The study found that genes on the X-chromosome get potentially passed down through the father to his daughter, thus increasing the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. Wikimedia Commons

The researchers collected information about pairs of granddaughters and grandmothers and sequenced portions of the X-chromosome from 186 women affected by cancer.

The results proposed that a gene on the X-chromosome may contribute to a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, independently of other known susceptibility genes, such as the BRCA genes.

This observation suggests that there may be many cases of seemingly sporadic ovarian cancer that are actually inherited, and may lead to improved cancer screening and better genetic risk assessment.

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However, future studies will be needed to confirm the identity and function of this gene.

“What we have to do next is make sure we have the right gene by sequencing more families. This finding has sparked a lot of discussion within our group about how to find these X-linked families,” Eng said.

“It’s an all-or-none kind of pattern: A family with three daughters who all have ovarian cancer is more likely to be driven by inherited X mutations than by BRCA mutations,” Eng noted. (IANS)