Pakistani TV show gives away babies during Ramadan

by Gramfan on July 25, 2013

in Gramfan (team member), media, Muslim mindset, offbeat news, Pakistan

Controversial ... Aamir Liaquat Hussain gifting a baby girl on his television show. Photo: YouTube
Controversial … Aamir Liaquat Hussain gifting a baby girl on his television show.
Photo: YouTube

Essential Baby has the story:

Pakistan’s television wars have plumbed new depths in the battle for Ramadan ratings, with the country’s most controversial presenter giving away abandoned babies on his prime-time show.

Aamir Liaquat Hussain has presented two babies to childless couples so far during Islam’s holy month.

His show’s heady mix of charity, piety and kitsch has made it a hit with viewers, but also attracted accusations that he is using religion to generate headlines.

In an episode of Amaan Ramzan broadcast last week, Mr Hussain shocked the studio audience by promising the gift of a baby.

“This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on a pile of garbage by somebody. See how beautiful and innocent she is,” he said, showing a baby girl to the camera.

He then introduced a shell-shocked couple, who were handed the child by the head of a charity that rescues abandoned babies. The tearful wife described the child as a “gift of Ramadan”, and her husband described their frustration at not being able to have children.

“These 14 years were full of hardships, people asked to go for second marriage, but I remained patient and also asked my wife to be patient,” he said.

The spectacle was repeated for a second time this week.

The babies were presented by Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa, who runs the Chhipa Welfare Association.

“We have lots of babies that are just abandoned, left in the garbage or other dirty places,” he said. “Often we just find the bodies, so our message that we make is to tell people to bring their babies to us – don’t just leave them.”

He declined to discuss how the couples were vetted, but said they had previously approached his organisation to adopt children.

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