Bollywood director Karan Johar has become a father through surrogacy.
Reports suggest that Karan became a father to twins, a boy and girl, who were born in Masrani Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, in February. However, the births were registered with the public health department on 3rd March.
While Karan is registered as the father, there is no mention of the mother.
Karan Johar, now a dad
Named after his mum and dad
The kids have been named Yash (after Karan's father) and Roohi (a rearrangement of Karan's mother's name Hiroo). In his biography Karan had written, "I don't know what I'm going to do about it but I feel like I would like to be a parent."
What is surrogacy?
Broadly speaking, surrogacy is when another woman (surrogate mother), through artificial insemination, gives birth to a baby for a couple/person who wants to have a child. Surrogate mothers receive medical, nutritional and overall healthcare through surrogacy agreements.
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06 Mar 2017
Surrogacy bill awaits Parliamentary approval
The Surrogacy (regulation) Bill of 2016 bans not only commercial surrogacy but also couples that are homosexual, living-in together and single individuals from surrogacy.
The Bill, awaiting Parliamentary nod, makes only childless Indian heterosexual couples (with proven medical problems, married for a minimum of 5 years) eligible for surrogacy.
Karan Johar is among the last few individuals that could commission the rent-a-womb method legally.