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Shahrukh Khan in surrogacy controversy

Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, who are reportedly expecting a third child through surrogacy, have landed into trouble. As the radiologists’ association has asked the state health department to inquire into news reports claiming that actor’s child through surrogacy is a boy.

Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was in the midst of a controversy following reports that he has gone for a pre-birth sex determination test for a third child through surrogacy, Zee News reports.

When contacted, an aide of the actor refused to respond on the issue. “We are not commenting,” the aide said when asked about reports that SRK was expecting a baby boy through surrogacy. A senior Maharashtra government official said that they had asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to verify reports following a demand for an inquiry by an NGO and Indian Radiological and Imaging Association.

“The civic body officials are the appropriate authority for implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act in the municipal corporation areas,” the official said.

Meanwhile, doctors from the health department of the BMC visited the actor`s residence Mannat in suburban Bandra to inquire but had to return as SRK was not at home.

“Our officials went to his residence. They were told by Shahrukh`s business manager that the actor has not made any statement on expecting a baby boy through surrogacy,” said the civic body`s health department executive health officer Dr Arun Bamne. The PCPNDT Act provides for the prohibition of sex selection in the country before or after conception.

Though the report has not been confirmed by the actor or by his spokesperson but it suggested that it was Gauri’s idea to go for the child through surrogacy.

However, recent report published by a leading publication suggests Indian Radiological and Imaging Associations has demanded clarity on the issue.

“We have written to the state health department to find out how the actor came to know about the unborn child’s sex when sex determination is illegal in India,” leading publication quoted Dr Jignesh Thakkar, coordinator for the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, IRIA, as saying.

In the email sent to the top state health department officials, including state health minister Suresh Shetty, IRIA has asked for an investigation and action against those concerned.

Doctors say there is a breach of law on the part of celebrities. “If news reports are true then it is a clear that the celebrities can get away with breaking the law,” said Thakker.

Shah Rukh and Gauri have been married for the past 22 years and have two kids Aryan (15) and Suhana (13).


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