Uncovering Delhi's Illegal Fertility Centre Operations: Insights from Recent Child Trafficking Cases

▴ Insights from Recent Child Trafficking Cases
The central government has sought detailed reports from state authorities, signaling a commitment to addressing these critical issues and ensuring accountability within the fertility sector.

In recent months, investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have shed light on the alarming proliferation of fertility centres in Delhi engaged in illicit activities, including child trafficking and illegal surrogacy services. The findings have unveiled a shadowy underground market thriving within these centres, raising concerns about the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, including surrogate mothers and newborn babies.

Illicit Activities and Trafficking Nexus: The CBI's investigation into a child trafficking case uncovered a disturbing trend where babies were allegedly purchased from surrogate mothers associated with certain fertility clinics. This revelation exposed the presence of organized syndicates operating within IVF centres, exploiting loopholes in the system to engage in illegal activities like organ trafficking, begging, and other nefarious practices.

Surrogacy (Regulation) Act of 2021: In response to rising concerns about unethical practices in the fertility industry, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act of 2021 was enacted, prohibiting commercial surrogacy and placing strict regulations on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and surrogacy services. The legislation aims to protect surrogate mothers from exploitation and prevent the abandonment of children born through surrogacy.

Under this law, only married couples unable to conceive naturally are eligible for surrogacy, and specific criteria must be met by both intended parents and surrogate mothers. The Act strictly prohibits the sale of gametes and any form of compensation to surrogate mothers beyond medical expenses and insurance coverage.

Recent Law Enforcement Actions: Law enforcement agencies have taken decisive action against illegal IVF centres involved in trafficking and other illegal activities. In April 2022, six individuals were apprehended for trafficking newborn babies, with two staff members of a Greater Noida IVF facility implicated in the criminal network. This group reportedly abducted children and sold them to childless couples under the guise of legal adoption, forging documents to conceal their illicit activities.

In another incident, the owner of an IVF clinic in Greater Noida was arrested following the tragic death of a patient during an IVF procedure. Investigations revealed fraudulent practices, including the use of fake medical degrees. Additionally, past crackdowns on illicit IVF operations have uncovered schemes involving sex selection services offered in foreign countries to circumvent Indian laws, highlighting the extent of illegal activities within the fertility industry.

Challenges and Government Response: The incidents demands urgent need for stricter regulations and enhanced oversight of fertility clinics to curb illegal practices and protect vulnerable individuals, including surrogate mothers and children. The central government has sought detailed reports from state authorities, signaling a commitment to addressing these critical issues and ensuring accountability within the fertility sector.

The revelations from recent investigations highlight the gravity of illegal activities plaguing Delhi's fertility centres, posing significant risks to public health and safety. Efforts to combat these issues must prioritize stringent enforcement of existing laws, proactive regulatory measures, and increased awareness to safeguard the well-being of individuals affected by illicit practices in the fertility industry.

Tags : #

About the Author

Sunny Parayan

Hey there! I'm Sunny, a passionate writer with a strong interest in the healthcare domain! When I'm not typing on my keyboard, I watch shows and listen to music. I hope that through my work, I can make a positive impact on people's lives by helping them live happier and healthier.

View Profile

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...


Trending Now

The Dangers of Ultra-Processed Foods: A Wake-Up Call for Health Conscious IndiansMay 23, 2024
Can Intermittent Fasting Protect Against Liver Cancer? Here’s What the Science SaysMay 23, 2024
Easier, Faster Claims: The Impact of the National Claim Exchange PortalMay 23, 2024
Can Nightmares Predict Autoimmune Flares? Insights from a Groundbreaking StudyMay 23, 2024
Does Parent-Led Singing Improve Development in Preterm Infants? A Comprehensive StudyMay 22, 2024
Biohacking 101: Boosting Physical and Mental Well-beingMay 22, 2024
In a Miraculous Recovery a 13-Year-Old Girl in Delhi Awakens from Coma After Liver Transplant.May 21, 2024
Tackling Hypertension in South-East Asia: A Call to Action on World Hypertension DayMay 20, 2024
FSSAI's Crackdown on Harmful Fruit Ripening Practices: Ensuring Public Health and ComplianceMay 20, 2024
Uncovering the Presence of Microplastics in Human Blood and Their Health EffectsMay 18, 2024
Potential Risks of Meftal: What Consumers and Doctors Should KnowMay 18, 2024
Over-the-Counter Medications in India: A New Era of AccessibilityMay 18, 2024
DCGI Acts Against Overcharging: New Regulations for Blood CentresMay 17, 2024
Cattle as Hosts for Human and Bird Flu Viruses: A Potential Public Health ConcernMay 17, 2024
The Ethics of Live Surgery Broadcasts: NMC Seeks Public OpinionMay 17, 2024
Successful Removal of 3.7 KG Large Abdominal Tumor from 14-Year-Old Somalian Girl at KIMS Cuddles HospitalMay 16, 2024
iLEAD Sets a Precedent by Launching a Graphic Anthology Authored by Multimedia, Animation and Graphics Students May 16, 2024
Ramaiah Memorial Hospital Launches Novel Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT); Achieves significant advancement in Cancer Treatment to Enhance Quality of LifeMay 16, 2024
IIITH Announces Product Management Summer SchoolMay 16, 2024
Çelebi India's Delhi Cargo Terminal Successfully Handles Airbus H125 Helicopter ShipmentMay 16, 2024