Leave Madonna alone, says father of year-old child adopted by diva

The biological father of Madonna's newly-adopted child has slammed indignant rights' groups for trying to abort the adoption process.

Malawi's Human Rights Consultative Committee, a coalition of about 40 organisations, launched a legal challenge to the adoption last week, insisting that rules had been bent because of the singer's celebrity status. Usually prospective parents are required to stay with the child in Malawi for 18 to 24 months before adoption is approved.

However, one-year-old David Banda's dad Yohane insists their concern is misplaced.

He says: "Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage? These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone.

"Orphanage life is no good. We leave kids there because we can't look after them properly ourselves. Now my son has been taken by a kind-hearted woman, and these people want to bring him back to the orphanage."

David is currently living in London with Madonna. He will be monitored by Malawian officials over a period of 18 months before the adoption is finalised.

Committee's Justin Dzonzi says: "The laws of Malawi are clear and if Madonna wants to adopt this baby she has to stay here." - Wenn