India has a flourishing illegal trade in human organs because no one feels they benefit from the laws that govern transplants, a new report says
INDIA has a flourishing, and illegal, trade in human organs. And the legislation designed to prevent it is failing. That is because no one feels they benefit from the laws that govern organ transplants, be they people requiring a new kidney, donors who sell theirs for cash, or even the hospitals and policy makers who should regulate the practice.
That’s the conclusion of the first investigation into why India’s 1994 Transplantation of Human Organs Act, which banned commercial transplants, is not working. It says the law could be tightened up to remove ambiguities and loopholes. Or the government might wish to take the pragmatic approach and legalise the trade once more, and control it.
I guess people in India do not own their body too. I suppose the real question is, does anyone? Or better yet, is there a way you can own your body?