Actress and model Sunny Leone, and husband Daniel Weber, have adopted a 21-month-old baby girl from Latur and named her Nisha Kaur Weber.
“I was so excited, happy, emotional and [experienced] so many different feelings. We literally had three weeks to finalise everything. Usually, people get nine months to prepare,” she told the Hindustan Times.
The couple was ready to have a child two years ago. “We applied almost two years ago, when we went to an orphanage. Those people are doing amazing work. But we thought it would be great to help. Of course, you want to help them all but you can’t. Maybe, one at a time, and that’s how things may start,” said Weber. The couple believe that Nisha chose them, and not vice versa.
Naming her Nisha wasn’t something they did either, the new parents revealed. While the agency told them that they could change her name, they were happy to retain the name she was born with.
“We like the name. Her name is Nisha Kaur Weber. It’s Kaur since I am Punjabi, as my real name is Karenjit Kaur. I always wanted that whatever names we choose, the middle name be Singh or Kaur. When I looked up the meaning of Nisha, it’s the Hindu goddess of night,” Sunny shared.
Countering the question of ‘why did they adopt?’ with ‘oh, why not?’, Sunny said:
“We were not brought up here but certain things, on an everyday basis, breaks your heart. While going to the airport, you cross this overpass and see little kids with no clothes, no shoes or no food, and it’s heart-breaking. Maybe, we can’t save every child but can do it for one little girl. They (the ashram) gave her everything that they could but she is still underweight, and still needs a lot of care. And we are ready. Also, we have great people around to help us with everything. I don’t know what her struggle was, and I don’t think I ever will, but I know she was probably starving at some point, and maybe there wasn’t enough food.”