The writer is a Chandigarh-based lawyer and the principal author of ‘Surrogacy In India : A Law In The Making Revisited’
Gradual societal breakdown of joint family system, horrific instances of neglect, exploitation, crime, abandonment and grabbing of property of parents and senior citizens necessitated Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
De-facto unions or common law marriages are recognised in 29 countries in the European Union. Similarly, same sex marriages are now recognized in 21 countries.
Why cannot Chandigarh have a blanket sit-at-home mandate like entire Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, J&K and Delhi?
Overseas Indians, foreigners, unmarried couples, single parents, live-in partners and gay couples are barred from commissioning the services of surrogate mothers.