Law Commission Chairman B S Chauhan today came out in support of the draft surrogacy bill, saying such a step was required. Addressing a seminar here, Justice Chauhan (retd), who had been a judge of Supreme Court, said the draft measure cleared by the Cabinet “is required” at a time when there is no law on the subject in the country.
The seminar on South Asian Diaspora and Emerging Legal Challenges organised by South Asian University also discussed a draft bill on ‘parential abductions’ which the government plans to bring in the near future. There is also a Hague Convention on inter-country parental abductions to which India is not a signatory. There were suggestions that the bill be brought and the convention be signed at the earliest.
A bill proposing a complete ban on commercial surrogacy and allowing only legally wedded Indian couples to opt for children through it was approved by the government last month to check unethical practices.
The Union Cabinet gave its nod to the introduction of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 in Parliament, seeking a bar on unmarried couples, single parents, live-in partners and homosexuals from opting for surrogacy.