Set-up task force to control surrogacy, demands child rights commission

Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has given recommendations to the state government to control and regulate surrogacy centres using stringent measures. This is a key concern as women are exploited at surrogacy centres and there is rampant misuse of surrogacy, due to no fixed law being in place to counter illegal centres and the norms which are being flouted. These recommendations aim to protect both the surrogate mother and the child

Set-up task force to control surrogacy menace, demands child rights commission
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In absence of a stringent surrogacy law in the India, the Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has attempted to control the uncontrolled surrogacy centers, agencies, hospitals etc.

This step comes after a person named Prakash Bhostekar, who has two daughters already, wanted a third male child through surrogacy. He lied to authorities by stating that he was single and wanted a child.

The commission has in addition recommended stringent regulations for the surrogacy centres in the state.

The recommendations are as follows:

  • An important recommendation is the creation of a state level monitoring cell to monitor the surrogacy centres and to handle the surrogacy cases as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • A task force inclusive of district officers from health and police department and representatives of reputed volunteer organisations should be formed in each district of the state. The task force shall take care of registration of surrogacy hospitals and protection of surrogate mother and the child. It shall ensure that the centres are running as per the guidelines of the ICMR.
  • The government shall decide the procedure for registration of surrogacy centre and the competent/appropriate authority and shall notify the same
  • The hospitals willing to open surrogacy centres must register with the appropriate authority.
  • The District Women and Child Development Officer and District Health officer shall form a committee to understand the family, social, financial and statutory background of the person/couple to go for surrogacy and to prepare a report about the family.
  • The surrogacy process shall be initiated only after submitting the report before the Children Court constituted under Section 25 of the Child Rights Protection Commission Act, 2005
  • The guidelines issued by the ICMR shall be followed strictly on the protection of the surrogate mother and the future of the child to be born.

The recommendations made by the Child Rights Protection Commission would bring control on all surrogacy centres across the state.

Pravin Ghuge, Chairperson of the Child Rights Commission expressed his hopes that the recommendation shall be implemented with immediate effect.

Pravin Ghuge, Chairperson, Child Right Commission said, “The exposed surrogacy cases are serious and disturbing. The implementation of recommendations will prevent the commercialisation of surrogacy and it will be an important step for the protection of child to be born.”