Nirmala Sitaraman On If The Surrogacy Bill Disregards Social Realities

While speaking at the Idea Exchange Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry expressed her views about surrogacy.

On question of government disregarding social reality in passing the surrogacy bill. Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Social reality cannot be devoid of justice which has to be given to the child. So the conditions with which the cabinet has approved it has taken social reality and that is why it has gone to the extent of talking about surrogacy and regulating surrogacy so that women who are lending the womb are not over exploited.”

She further added, “Today the instances that are coming to the government of how women are forced into it as a commercial activity, we also have to take that on board. The government not only wants to look at it progressively but also wants to take the responsibility for the child who may be born, who should not be desserted, who cannot be orphaned and who also can have the comfort of a home. It is our approach.”

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, wherein commercial surrogacy will be completely banned. Married couple having kids, unmarrried couple, single parents, live-in partners, homosexuals and foreigners will be barred from opting for surrogacy.

As per the bill, only Indian couples wedded for at least five years will be allowed to opt for children through surrogacy. The move that is aimed at curbing unethical practices in the country which led it to an emerging hub of commercial surrogacy.

 

 

 

While speaking at the Idea Exchange Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry expressed her views about surrogacy. On question of government disregarding social reality in passing the surrogacy bill. Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Social reality cannot be devoid of justice which has to be given to the child. So the conditions with which the cabinet has approved it has taken social reality and that is why it has gone to the extent of talking about surrogacy and regulating surrogacy so that women who are lending the womb are not over exploited." She further added, "Today the instances that are coming to the government of how women are forced into it as a commercial activity, we also have to take that on board. The government not only wants to look at it progressively but also wants to take the responsibility for the child who may be born, who should not be desserted, who cannot be orphaned and who also can have the comfort of a home. It is our approach." The Union Cabinet has given its nod for introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, wherein commercial surrogacy will be completely banned. Married couple having kids, unmarrried couple, single parents, live-in partners, homosexuals and foreigners will be barred from opting for surrogacy. As per the bill, only Indian couples wedded for at least five years will be allowed to opt for children through surrogacy. The move that is aimed at curbing unethical practices in the country which led it to an emerging hub of commercial surrogacy.