Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, cleared by the Cabinet, only allows “altruistic surrogacy” for childless couples who are married for at least five years.
In a shocking move, the government on Wednesday approved a bill that bans commercial surrogacy, and bars married couples who have biological or adopted children, single people, live-in partners and homosexuals from opting for surrogacy.
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, cleared by the Cabinet, only allows “altruistic surrogacy” for childless couples who are married for at least five years. This bill has ignited a rash of reactions and shock across the film industry. We spoke to two filmmakers who had a lot to say...
Filmmaker Onir says, “I feel, in a democracy, single or gay people should not be discriminated against, regarding the right to parenthood. But, at the same time, I think couples or single individuals desirous of a child should rather adopt. Having said that, I’d like to add that everyone should have a choice to decide how they wish to become parents.”
Filmmaker Apurva Asrani, who’s worked on films like Shahid and Aligarh says, “I’m glad that the Government at least uttered the word ‘homosexual’. Till recently the word never ‘came out’ of politicians’ mouths. Remember the PM’s condolence tweet on the Orlando shooting? At least, here Sushma Swaraj has acknowledged the community. Heartening to know that they know of its existence. And why are we surprised about being refused to right to surrogate parenthood? As if being deemed criminal is a less cruel stand by our government!”
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