Is this guru dead or meditating?

Michael Cook | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: determining death, India
The body of Ashutosh Maharaj lies in refrigeration while his followers wrangle with the courts.

Distinguished doctor arrested over Indian sterilisation tragedy

Xavier Symons | 15 November 2014 | Comments
tags: India, negligence, sterilizations
Thirteen women have died following a series of unhygienic sterilisation operations in an Indian birth control clinic.

Over-50s are major clients of Indian IVF

Michael Cook | 02 November 2014 | Comments
tags: India, IVF, older mothers
"Come alone. Leave as a family. Age no bar”

A disturbing study of gendercide in India

Xavier Symons | 16 August 2014 | Comments
tags: gendercide, India, sex-selective abortion
A major report on sex-ratios and abortion in India gives detailed background on the scourge of gendercide.

The industrial revolution in surrogacy

Xavier Symons | 09 March 2014 | Comments
tags: baby factories, India, surrogacy
An innovative doctor wants to set up a baby factory in India.

India profits as Afghan health crisis continues

Xavier Symons | 09 March 2014 | Comments
tags: Afghanistan, India, medical tourism
Medical tourism booms in India,

Simultaneous surrogates: India’s new trend

Michael Cook | 02 November 2013 | Comments
tags: India, surrogacy
The Indian surrogacy industry keeps tweaking its product line to keep up with the market. The latest trend to emerge in the media is twiblings – children born at the same time to two surrogate mothers.

FIGHTING EXPLOITATION 1: New industry guidelines for Indian surrogates

Michael Cook | 26 October 2013 | Comments
tags: India, surrogacy
The newly formed Indian Society for Third-Party Assisted Reproduction is drafting moral and ethical guidelines for the surrogacy industry.

FIGHTING EXPLOITATION 2: Indian clinical trial consents to be videotaped

Michael Cook | 26 October 2013 | Comments
tags: clinical trials, human research ethics, India
The Indian Supreme Court has ordered the central government to ensure that the informed consent of any patients in clinical trial be videotaped.

Survey of Indian surrogacy reveals shocking abuses

Michael Cook | 21 July 2013 | Comments
tags: India, surrogacy
A survey of surrogate mothers and commissioning parents in India deepens suspicions that the US$2 billion industry is deeply exploitative.

Convicted paedophile gets child from surrogate mother in India

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 | Comments
tags: India, Israel, surrogacy
A convicted Israeli paedophile adopted a 4-year-old girl from a surrogate mother in India, the Jewish Chronicle has reported.

Indian women victimized in sterilization camps

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 | Comments
tags: India, informed consent, sterilization
Sterilization of poor Indian women is still a major tool used by state governments to slow population growth.

Are US media finally discovering the exploitation in India surrogacy?

Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 | Comments
tags: India, Kazakhstan, surrogacy
CBS twigs to the dangers of surrogacy in India and commercial surrogacy spreads in Kazakhstan

Suicide the leading cause of death for young Indian women

Xavier Symons | 28 March 2013 | Comments
tags: India, sex-selective abortion, suicide
Is this related to sex-selective abortion?

Indian gynaecologist jailed for organising massacre of Muslims

Michael Cook | 09 March 2013 | Comments
tags: genocide, India
One of the more fundamental and easily grasped obligations of the ethical obligations of a doctor is not to incite people to mass murder. However, an Indian gynaecologist who ran a maternity home in Gujarat has been jailed for 28 years over the slaughter of 96 Muslims in 2002.

Horror in a mass sterilization camp in India

Xavier Symons | 03 March 2013 | Comments
tags: India, population control, sterilization
Earlier this month four doctors in a West Bengal public hospital performed up to 106 sterilization operations in a single day, with hospital staff dumping patients in a nearby field to recover.

India cracks down on surrogacy

Michael Cook | 18 January 2013 | Comments
tags: India, surrogacy
Is India finally cracking down on surrogacy for foreigners? The blogosphere is abuzz with news of stiff new regulations.

Police investigate Ahmedabad surrogacy racket

Michael Cook | 18 January 2013 | Comments
tags: India, surrogacy, trafficking
The seamy side of Indian surrogacy has emerged in a murky saga which police are investigating in Ahmedabad. Loose regulations and corrupt officials make it easy for surrogacy to turn into baby-trafficking.

India wants more compensation for victims of clinical trials

Michael Cook | 24 August 2012 | Comments
tags: clinical trials, India, research ethics
New rules in India will force pharmaceutical companies to pay higher compensation if patients in clinical trials die or are injured.

Surgery scam leaves thousands of Indian women unable to bear children

Michael Cook | 20 July 2012 | Comments
tags: India, malpractice
Surgeons may have removed the wombs of 7,000 healthy women in Chhattisgarh – a poor and largely rural state in central India -- to make claims under a national insurance scheme. Officials believe that about 2,000 women were persuaded to have hysterectomies in the last six months alone.

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