The Union Minister on Wednesday slammed some “celebrities” who, she said, have made surrogacy “a fashion” and “shauq” (hobby). Without naming anyone, she said some celebrities who already have kids – both boys and girls – try to get another child through surrogacy as they “don’t want to put their wives in (labour) pain”.
“We have many examples of celebrities who have their own children, still they have gone for a surrogate child,” she said. Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, who had son Aryan and daughter Suhana together, opted for surrogacy at the time of their third child AbRam. Aamir Khan, who had son Junaid and daughter Ira with first wife Reena, used surrogacy for his third child Azad with second wife Kiran Rao. Actor Tusshar Kapoor also had a child through surrogacy.
“I am pained to say that the procedure that started as a necessity, has become a hobby of sorts. This is not a thing for pleasure… it has become a fashion these days,” she said while addressing a press conference here. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. Sushma Swaraj headed the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to look into the issue of surrogacy.
“Permission (under the bill) is for necessity, not shauk…there is no permission for cases in which the wife does not want to go through labour… you make a poor woman go through labour pain instead,” she said.
Single parents, live-in partners and homosexual couples are not permitted to have surrogate children under the proposed law. Those in live-in and homosexual relationships too have no legal sanctity. Such people, including single parents, will now have to go for adoption.
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