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Child rights panel wants adherence to norms on surrogacy

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has recommended strict implementation of the ICMR's guidelines for those desiring to have a child through

It has asked the to set up a task force to monitor the implementation of guidelines and to tighten the supervision of hospitals facilitating delivery of children through

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has also asked people, including actors, desiring a child through surrogacy, surrogate mothers, egg/sperm donors to register themselves with clinics or hospitals, that in-turn have to be registered with an appropriate government authority.

Notably, some Bollywood personalities, including Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar, have had children through in the recent past.

In its 17-page order, issued on March 22, the commission asked the to implement guidelines of the (ICMR) till the bill on laws was pending in Parliament.

It asked the to set up a task force and a monitoring cell, comprising officers from the health and police departments, and representatives of reputed NGOs, to keep an eye on the implementation of ICMR's guidelines on

The commission came up with the recommendations after a city-based advocate, Siddhvidya Thakur, filed a complaint with it a year ago about a 43-year-old woman from suburban Mulund being abandoned by her husband after he had a male child through surrogacy, without his wife's consent.

The child right's commission chairperson, Pravin Ghuge, told that the recommendations have been forwarded to the with a hope that they will be implemented.

"Our commission had received complaints about the misuse of the method in the absence of clear cut regulations for it. So, we observed the ICMR's guidelines and found that it would be better to follow them till the bill pertaining to this is pending in Parliament," he said.

The complainant welcomed the commission's decision and said that it will put an end to the "murky world of surrogacy" where, she alleged, the business was booming in connivance with hospitals.

"A few months back, I had filed RTI queries with all major hospitals of the city and sought details of deliveries of children through I was shocked to find out that no hospitals were maintaining such records," she claimed.

"Moreover, while fighting some cases in courts, I came to know that in the absence of a proper law, there was rampant violation of children's rights," she alleged.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 04 2018. 16:25 IST
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