Question: What if the mother is unwilling to take custody of the child?
If there is no mother or she refuses to take the child, the maternal grandmother and then the maternal great grandmother have the right of custody. Thereafter, the paternal grandmother or great grandmother will have the right of custody. If they are not present, the blood sisters of the child have the right of custody if they are also not available, for taking up custody then custody is awarded to stepsisters. However, as regards stepsisters, those who are from the same mother will be given preference over those who are from the same father. Thereafter, the child’s maternal aunts and then the paternal aunts.