19 Duped for or­gans

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In 2008, a mul­ti­crore ru­pee or­gan scam hit the head­lines. The me­dia went into over­drive, splash­ing sor­did sto­ries of the labour­ers who were duped into do­nat­ing kid­neys. But we asked a dif­fer­ent ques­tion: Is the coun­try's Or­gan Trans­plant Act ad­e­quate? Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, the gov­ern­ment amended the Act to widen the donor pool and pre­scribe strin­gent pun­ish­ment for com­mer­cial deal­ing in hu­man or­gans. Un­for­tu­nately, many say, the law is not strin­gent enough.

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