Yesha Callahan

Pakistani Game Show Gives Away Babies As Prizes

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Yes, you read the title correctly. Who needs adoption, invitro fertilization, surrogate mothers or foster care when you can just win a baby? A game show airing in Pakistan does just that. TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain gives away abandoned babies as prizes during his prime-time game show!

From CNN:

His show — Aman Ramazan — has been dubbed Pakistan’s version of The Price Is Right, with members of the 500-strong audience receiving prizes in exchange for answering questions on the Quran.

The giveaway bonanza includes motorbikes, microwave ovens, washing machines and fridges.

He also cooks while men sing Islamic hymns and discusses religion with children in a garden full of rabbits, snakes and goats.

The baby girls given away on the show were found by an NGO, the Chhipa Welfare Association, which says it receives up to 15 abandoned babies a month.

“Our team finds babies abandoned on the street, in garbage bins — some of them dead, others mauled by animals. So why not ensure the baby is kept alive and gets a good home?” said Ramzan Chhipa, who runs the organization.

“We didn’t just give the baby away. We have our own vetting procedure. This couple was already registered with us and had four or five sessions with us.”

We’ve created a symbol of peace and love, that’s our show’s theme — to spread love. I’m setting an example. Giving a childless couple an abandoned child. But, the couple didn’t know they would be handed a newborn when they were invited to take part in the show and paperwork was not processed before the live broadcast.

So this unsuspecting couple went on the show expecting to win a new microwave came home with a new baby?  You’d think they’d be pissed? But they weren’t!

“I was really shocked at first. I couldn’t believe we were being given this baby girl,” said Suriya Bilqees, now a mother of a two-week old. “I was extremely happy.”

Not everyone in Pakistan is pleased with the baby give-a-way. Many feel that it’s a ratings gimmick and unscrupulous.  Outraged people flocked to the NGO’s Facebook page to leave comments of disgust:

“shame shame. First u call the baby “unwanted” then u gift it on TV. U belittle human beings. u insult “Insaan”. U Chippa U r Cheap. u action is cheap. u went to cheap show of cheap Aamir Hamaqat.”

“Shame on you to make it a game show event, what will these children feel when they will grow up. Do a good deed with your right hand that left would not know. نیکی ایک ہاتھ سے کر کے دوسرے کو خبر نہ ہو، Children are not game show trophies Sir, you are reckless. Saving babies on one hand and vying for cheap publicity on the other.”

But Hussein believes he’s doing something good during Ramadan. “These are the disenfranchised babies that grow up to be street kids and used for suicide bombing attacks. We have tried to show an alternative. Telling people to take these kids off the rubbish on the streets, raise them and make them a responsible citizen, not to destroy society through terrorism,” he said.

Imagine this happening in the U.S. You go up to spin the wheel on “The Price Is Right”, and it stops on “Baby”.

 

  1. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    “Our team finds babies abandoned on the street, in garbage bins — some of them dead, others mauled by animals.’“

    “These are the disenfranchised babies that grow up to be street kids and used for suicide bombing attacks.”

    This is a conundrum. I won’t turn my nose of to this or be appalled.
    The show says they vet the parents beforehand. I don’t know, if someone gave me a baby knowing their prior fate, I’d keep the baby.

  2. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    [Imagine this happening in the U.S. You go up to spin the wheel on “The Price Is Right”, and it stops on “Baby”.] <=== "Umm…that was a mistake! Can I spin again?" My immediate response. Especially now that I am carrying 2 possibly big head kids.

    • July 31, 2013 - Reply

      @Karyn

      Well, just be thankful you aren’t that woman in Germany who pushed out one big headed, well big everything (13lbs!) kid. Naturally.

  3. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    The couple that was given the baby was a childless couple that wanted children but couldn’t have them naturally. There is no formal adoption process in Pakistan, so they couldn’t just go to an adoption center. Instead they registered with Chhapas to become a guardian of a child. This organization finds abandoned babies and gives them to registered families. The only surprise was that they received a child that day, but they knew that they were going to get a child from the organization eventually. The child wasn’t given as a “prize”.

  4. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    “Imagine this happening in the U.S. You go up to spin the wheel on “The Price Is Right”, and it stops on “Baby”.”

    But… This was in the article:

    “We didn’t just give the baby away. We have our own vetting procedure. This couple was already registered with us and had four or five sessions with us.”

    So, each couple was already prescreened. I’m sure they were extremely happy to receive a baby. People are probably upset with the gamification of such a serious issue but I think it was a great compromise. It’s much easier to attack a game show host than it is to hold the Pakistani govt responsible for the living conditions or the parents responsible for leaving their babies in the street. You know who won’t have a problem though?… those babies that are home right now with their new parents.

  5. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    Well as long as the babies are going to good homes then who cares.

  6. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    A game show huh lets just hope no kids are stolen and given away. Isn’t this what all those celebs and their foreign adoptions get accused of. Lets face it something like this could go very wrong.

  7. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    and these are the people who are supposed to come over here and assimilate into American culture? Yeah…..Right!

  8. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    We will see this in the US when women’s choice is repealed in TX and other states. The religious in the US, know what these babies are for.

  9. July 31, 2013 - Reply

    First, the picture of that baby is adorable! Secondly, um…wow I guess I heard it all now. I don’t know how I feel about this because I am not exactly appalled especially since they screen the people and vet them to ensure the baby is going to a better home process. As long as the babies are going to a happy, healthy and stable home I’ am happy who am I to doubt their process. Though I think for PR purposes they need to work on the “I won a baby” inference…lol

  10. August 1, 2013 - Reply

    Wow has it really come to this. Well considering the alternative I can’t say I’m mad at this….At least these children are given some sort of chance at being in a loving home as oppose to others who were not so fortunate.

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