In an alleged attempt to win the Ramadan ratings war in Pakistan, prime-time TV show host Aamir Liaquat Hussain has given away at least two abandoned children – on the air – to childless couples during Islam’s holy month. His show seems like an unusual version of the 70′s game show here in America, Let’s Make a Deal – only this game show isn’t just giving away cars behind doors #1, 2, and 3.
In last week’s episode Mr. Hussain told the studio audience, “This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on pile of garbage by somebody. See how beautiful and innocent she is.”
The head of a charity which rescues abandoned babies, Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa of the Chhipa Welfare Assocation, then handed the baby over to a childless couple, reported The Telegraph. The baby was handed over to Riaz-ud-din and his wife, who after 14 years of waiting and hoping (and refusal to seek a second wife), named the adopted baby girl Fatima.
Chhipa stated, “We have lots of babies that are just abandoned, left in the garbage or other dirty places…. 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.”
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