In wake of Germany refusing to accept the twins born to a surrogate Indian mother, the government has decided to issue passport to the twins under the emergency clause of the Indian Passport Act to facilitate their travelling.
Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium informed the Supreme Court that in response to the government’s query, the German embassy had declined to grant visa to the twins as surrogacy was an offence there.
“Surrogacy is considered contrary to human dignity there. Therefore, the embassy said it is not in a position to grant visa to the children. However, they are willing to grant permission to the German couple, John Dalaz and his wife, to adopt the children through inter-country adoptions as provided by the Hague Convention,” he added.
He, however, said the Centre was concerned and didn’t want the children to remain stateless. “The government of India has agreed to consider Dalaz’s application for an inter-country adoption. Meanwhile, we can also issue passports to the children for a limited duration.”