Babies as trophies

TV>> Talk Show • Pakistan

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

inmagePakistan’s popular TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain recently presented babies to unsuspecting, childless couples during his show, Aman Ramazan. The show was broadcast live for seven hours a day during the month of Ramdan. The audience received prize for answering questions on the Quran. Usually the giveaway bonanza included motorbikes, washing machines and fridges. But it also included infants, found by Chhipa Welfare Association. “We were told that we had passed all the interviews and had been selected to adopt a baby,” Riaz Uddin, an engineer in his 40s who received a baby girl, told CNN.

The show has garnered mixed reactions from audiences across the country, reports Dawn, a widely read newspaper in Pakistan. Though people feel compelled to watch the show every day, many expressed disgust that abandoned babies were being given away in what they see as an attempt to boost ratings and are concerned about the welfare of the infants as adoption is not officially recognised in Pakistan.

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