Did Nayanthara-Vignesh Sivan Break Surrogacy Laws?


Chennai: Tamil actor Nayanthara and her director husband Vignesh Shivan, who announced that they have become parents of twin boys, will be under the scanner of the Tamil Nadu health department. The state health minister, asked by reporters about possible violation of surrogacy rules, said they would examine the matter.

The couple got married this June after dating for around five years. Nayanthara has been working on Atlee’s Jawan with Shah Rukh Khan and there is speculation that couple had used a surrogate mother.

“According to norms, those aged 21 years and under the age of 36 can donate oocytes (ova or eggs). We presume this could have been done that way… director of health services will be asked to examine if it was done according to norms,” said state health minister MA Subramanian.

The Health Minister said that an inquiry will be conducted and he would instruct the Director of Medical Services to conduct an inquiry. “An inquiry will be conducted and I will be directing the Medical Services Directorate to conduct an inquiry into the same.”

In India, commercial surrogacy is banned and the criteria are that the surrogate should be at least married once and should have her own child.

According to the latest surrogacy regulation bill, with effect from January 25, 2022, the idea is the prohibition of commercial surrogacy.

Only altruistic surrogacy would be allowed wherein except for the medical expenses and the insurance cover of the surrogate, no other charges or expenses would be covered by the couple who engages the surrogate.

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