Police found 48 pregnant surrogate mothers living in “terrible conditions” when they raided an illegal fertility clinic in Hyderabad on Sunday, according to media reports.
After signing an agreement, the women were allegedly kept in squalid living quarters at Kiran Fertility Centre on the third floor of Sai Kiran Hospital. The clinic, which had been running for the past four years, charged infertile couples Rs15-30 lakh (US$23,000-46,000) for surrogacy services.
Police Sub-inspector Srinivas was quoted as saying, “Each of them had been promised Rs2.5-4 lakh, besides free food, medical aid and a stay at the hospital for nine months.”
It is unclear what will happen to the surrogates, who were in various stages of pregnancy, now that the clinic has been closed down.
“So far, they [surrogate mothers] have not been shifted. But the moot question is where should they be shifted to. These are illegal pregnancies and not in tandem with the existing guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research,” a senior officer told the Deccan Chronicle.