Kolkata: Woman held in surrogacy fraud | Kolkata News


KOLKATA: The New Alipore police has arrested a woman, allegedly involved in a surrogacy racket operating out of a south Kolkata clinic. Police said the gang involves senior doctors and the money that change hands run into lakhs.
Cops said the accused — identified as Kashmeera Mollah — had willingly decided to lend her womb for an IVF procedure and received a huge amount for that. However, a few months later, she disappeared. “Mollah is just a small player. There are at least seven others involved, including a few doctors and employees of a clinic located in New Alipore,” said a senior officer.
It all started when a couple from Rashbehari Avenue approached the clinic for fertility treatment. The senior doctor then formed a board, which decided that they would need a surrogate mother. The procedure started and the family initially paid close to Rs 6 lakh. But a few months later, after the couple spent another Rs 2 lakhand the pregnancy was at an advanced stage, Mollah reportedly left, saying that she would be unable to deliver the child. The couple then decided to approach the New Alipore police station and lodged a complaint against seven people.
“Kashmeera was arrested and on Friday, she was produced in an Alipore court. The court sent her to two weeks’ police custody. We have stated before the court that we wanted to know the fate of the child. Since she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy when she fled, Kashmeera might have illegally terminated the pregnancy or she might have given birth and hiding the child or sold it off. We also want to recover the money that she had taken from the victims,” said Sourin Ghosal, public prosecutor. Cops hinted they would now ask a few doctors to join the probe. “In case they fail to do so, we will take the legal route,” said an officer.

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