An Indian woman is suing her birth parents for throwing her into a rubbish bin at birth and has demanded 1 million rupees ($179,000) as compensation. Twenty-eight-year-old Dimple Jude's life story is stranger than fiction. Her poverty-stricken Sikh parents, Sukhdev and Giani Singh, dumped her within hours of her birth at a hospital near Amritsar in Punjab province on May 17, 1977, but kept her twin sister. Fortunately, before the area's numerous stray dogs could devour the newborn, she was rescued by hospital superintendent Mary Karanjia. Ms Karanjia already had a daughter but she adopted the abandoned baby and christened her Dimple. Many years later, the Singhs somehow heard about a 'garbage baby's' miraculous escape and traced Dimple to the Christian family. Ms Karanjia allowed Dimple, then a primary-school student, to accompany her biological parents to their village. But the girl apparently missed the Karanjias so much that she returned within a few days. 'I couldn't say no to the Singhs when they first approached me because as a parent I know that one's child is like a magnet and the pull is irresistible,' said Ms Karanjia. But as Dimple grew up, her parents became more and more assertive. After getting a degree in computer science, she landed a job in a prestigious firm. Soon enough, according to newspaper reports, the Singhs started demanding money. And after Dimple got engaged to a Christian man, Eric Jude, they began pestering her to ditch him and marry a Sikh. Finally, Dimple Jude has hit back: she has sued her parents. She says it is the only way to stop what she calls parental torture. A court in the Punjab capital, Chandigarh, has admitted Ms Jude's petition and ordered the Singhs to appear on July 20. Recalling her first meeting with her parents, Ms Jude said she was particularly happy to meet her real mother. 'But my joy slowly turned to anger because they never expressed regrets about dumping me,' she said. Ms Jude says she literally owes her life to her surrogate mother. 'She brought me up like her own daughter. I never felt unwanted, or that I was not her own daughter. She gave me whatever I asked for. Whenever I needed anything, it was there. Now my parents want to snatch me from my loving family who cared for me all these years and a husband who loves me very much. 'They have no right to interfere in my life after what they did to me. They had left me to die. Did I commit a crime by coming out alive from a garbage bin full of killer dogs?' The Singhs, however, say they dumped her because they could afford to bring up only one child.