February 20, 2020 | 4:51 PM IST

Surrogacy v/s adoption: Matter of choice or necessity

Salman Khan has mastered the art of grabbing headlines. This time it is for being ‘the latest bachelor papa on the block’. Well, though Salman is yet to confirm the news, the possibilities are high as the Khan family is not new to the concept of surrogacy. Salman’s younger brother Sohail too had both his sons via surrogacy.  So, in other words, he joins the gang of surrogate parents like Shah Rukh Khan (youngest son AbRam), Aamir (Azaad), Tusshar Kapoor (Laksshya), Ekta Kapoor (Ravie); and twins (Yash and Roohi) just born to single dad Karan Johar, and also to celebrity comedian Krushna Abhishek and his wife, actor Kashmera Shah and a few more unnamed personalities. 

Reasons for opting for surrogacy may be different for different people. Like couples may go in for surrogacy due to medical complications, but many like the Kapoor bro-sis and Karan Johar preferred singledom and raise kids.

On the other hand we have celebrity parents like Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon who adopted two girls each way back when giving gossipmongers enough fodder back then. Since then things have eased down. Now we have, persons like Rahul Bose who adopted six children from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and raised funds to send them to Rishi Valley in Andhra Pradesh for their further education and upbringing. Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee and his wife adopted a girl child and named her Ira. Similarly, small screen actors, Gurmeet Choudhary and wife Debina Bonnerjee adopted two girls from Bihar.

Dance guru Sandip Soparkar adopted Arjun in 2007. Sandeep boasts of being “the first male in the country to have adopted a child.”

So, does Bollywood prefer surrogacy over adoption?

Statistics provided by Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) said that the rate of adoption has fallen in the last decade. From 5,693 adoptions in India in 2010, the number has dropped to 3,210 between April 2016 and April 2017.

Reports claim that everyone wants a baby and very few such children are up for adoption. There are several kids waiting for families who could give them a better life. Parents feel it is easy to instil family values and traditions when they are still young. Many choosing surrogacy are examples of those desirous of wanting “their blood and genes” in the baby. It is not wrong to desire so.

What is common cause in both the cases is that people prefer to stay single and raise children rather than getting married. The count rate for those remaining single is pretty high, but what needs to be seen is that in a country where there are crores of mouths to feed, and hundreds and thousands of children waiting to get some affection, those affluent could easily adopt a child or two and give them a better living condition

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