At 96 years old, Ramjeet Raghav could be a great-great-grandfather. Instead, the Indian man has a newborn at home and claims that he is now the world’s oldest new father.
The 96-year-old dad claims that when his 52-year-old wife, Shakuntala Devi, gave birth to their second child on Oct. 5, he became the world’s oldest new father, according to The Times of India.
Raghav, of Kharkhoda, told The Times of India that he was a bachelor who practiced celibacy for his entire life before meeting Davi 10 years ago. “After staying together, we decided to extend our family and aspired for two sons. With God’s grace, our wish has been fulfilled,” he told the newspaper, which alleges that the man’s age is recorded in the Haryana government’s social welfare department.
ABC News could not confirm the 96-year-old dad’s age, however.
“My neighbors are jealous and they keep asking me for my secret, but all I tell them is that it is God’s will,” Raghav is quoted as saying, according to ninemsn. “I think it’s very important for a husband and wife to have sex regularly and when she asks I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I’ve put our needs aside for now.”
Raghav, a field hand and former wrestler, reportedly first broke the “World’s Oldest New Dad” record when he became a father to his first son in November 2010. Last year Raghav told The Sun he didn’t want a second child, but now he says, “I feel lucky to have two healthy sons. It will be tough, but I’m a happy man.”
Still, he thinks he can have more.
“I am very capable of having more babies,” the 96-year-old, who lives on a diet of milk, butter and almonds, told The Sun.
He is done fathering, though, for financial reasons. “I have asked my wife to be sterilised now. I don’t want more children, we can’t afford it. I want my boys to go to a school and study. I will do my best to give them what they need in life.”
The newborn baby is reportedly healthy.