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The take-home-baby trend!
India’s surrogacy industry worth over $2 billion thrives without any monitoring mechanism to check malpractices
30/08/2013

Aged superstars of tinsel town like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have been making headlines lately for their surrogate babies. Their unconventional approach to parenthood is sure to lend further grist to the country’s surrogacy industry, which has been witnessing a boom in recent years. The Confederation of Indian Industry estimates that the surrogacy business pulls in over $2 billion a year. The business of providing “wombs on rent” is now a sunrise industry, which attracts over 25,000 overseas couples for surrogacy services, resulting in more than 2,000 births a year. The country is now home to approximately 1,000 surrogacy centres but most of these are not even registered with the Indian Council of Medical Research.

A study conducted by Centre for Social Research (CSR) on the Indian surrogacy industry points out that doctors interpret surrogate motherhood as an economic transaction and refer to the practice as ‘maid business.’ The report was also harsh on the non-existing legal framework to regulate the industry. Ranjana Kumari, Director of CSR has voiced her concern by saying that “Due to the commercialization of surrogacy, the plight of the surrogate mother and the unborn child is often ignored. There is a need for a concrete legal framework to monitor and regulate the existing surrogacy system to safeguard the interests of surrogate mother and the child.”

Though there is an urgent need to bring in a law that enforces ethical conduct and ensures an efficient transaction between the parties involved in surrogacy, the government continues to drag its feet on the matter. The Bollywood kingpins can do a great favor to this nation by advocating the cause of protecting surrogate mothers to our government.

By:- Amir Hossain
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