Baby Giveaways on Pakistani TV
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Is it a ratings stunt or charity? Critics and supporters alike are talking about a show on Pakistani television in which the host gives away abandoned babies to childless couples. The children on the show are rescued by the Chhipa Welfare Association -- some babies are left in the white bassinet outside the agency's office. Others are found in garbage dumps. According to the organisation's spokesperson, the families that receive the babies are vetted and checked.

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Is it a ratings stunt or charity? Critics and supporters alike are talking about a show on Pakistani television in which the host gives away abandoned babies to childless couples. The children on the show are rescued by the Chhipa Welfare Association -- some babies are left in the white bassinet outside the agency's office. Others are found in garbage dumps. According to the organisation's spokesperson, the families that receive the babies are vetted and checked. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) HEAD OF CHHIPA WELFARE ASSOCIATION, RAMZAN CHHIPA, SAYING: "We receive thousands of applications from childless couples. These applications are sorted on the basis of merit, thorough investigation and interviews. After this process we give adoption to these childless couples. We evaluate that a child's brought up and his education are in good hands. When a childless mother adopts a baby it really solaces her motherhood and the child gets proper affection and love." For one couple, who've been childless for 12 years, the baby is a godsend. We had emptiness within us, this woman said. I had a craving for motherhood and now I will shower all my motherly love upon this child. But the show has garnered obvious criticism. Some say the baby giveaway is nothing more than a ratings stunt. Controversial host Aamir Liaquat Hussain rejects such suggestions. Hussain is no stranger to conflict. Over the years, his university degree has been exposed as a fake and video of him making crude jokes between takes of his show has found its way onto YouTube.