In a world where genetics is making massive progress and reaches unexplored ethical limits, making us face the danger of megalomania – in which we no longer claim to be creatures, but creators who choose who comes to birth and with what characteristics -, there is also the danger of another drift, daughter to the same attitude.
In India, the police found a clinic of horrors where unwanted newborns – because they were born out of wedlock or simply because they were unwanted – become part of a black market where life transforms into a commodity. At first, the outcasts were only babies born from rape or illicit relationships, then the business expanded. Infants were delivered to this “baby farm” and sold for adoption, police said. Two babies have been saved thanks to a blitz in a hospital, in the Murar area of Gwalior. Other three babies were sold to childless couples in Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh. A slap in the face of these children’s future.
Another tragedy inside this tragedy is that it is not only about family adoptions, as terrible as it is to conceive of a child being purchases as if it were a commodity; the situation is far more horrible. Many of these children, in fact, are destined to be sold as slaves or to the prostitution market. And there is also the shadow of organ trafficking behind this illicit trade.
The hospital director Arun Bhadoria – according to The Times of India – was arrested. During the interrogation he did not want to reveal the fate of the two children who had been found in the hospital. The mechanism was as wicked as it was efficient. The clinic had agents scattered throughout the Chambal region, who used to fetch them young girls pregnant with unwanted children. Women or their parents, if they were too little, were contacted and in exchange for money and absolute secrecy, they gave the baby away after birth. At this point began the adoption hunt, dependant on the desires of those who wanted a child at all costs and could afford paying for it. It even happened once that a little girl was switched for a baby boy, just to have a child of that sex.
Rani Bilkhu, from the international non-profit organization ‘‘Jeena’’, who in the past launched campaigns against selective abortion, told Metro.co.uk: “It is worrying that health professionals, who are expected to act in the interest of their patients, are guided by financial profit instead. Human trafficking must be tackled with a shared approach.” That is not the only case: a similar structure, in dilapidated condition, was discovered also in China, where pregnant women, many of whom had AIDS, were held captive together with their little children. The babies were fed with inadequate food, such as food scraps; the police found 37 of them. Women were offered money to get pregnant, give birth, and take care of their children who were going to be sold.
At the Palash Hospital in India, the purchase or exchange price was about 1300 euros. Five people have been charged with human trafficking and of buying children for prostitution.
Now investigations are going on, looking for other children/object sold to complacent couples. Thankfully, in this case the filthy trade chain has been broken. But there are many disturbing questions left: how many other baby farms exist in the world? What is the value we give to human life when we send the message that it can be used as a commodity? Are we sure that our civilization, anthropologically speaking, is evolving, not regressing?
The absence of values, a dominant relativism, inability to distinguish between good and evil for what they truly are, not only in terms of what the society thinks about it, are becoming a routine. We should wake up, first of all on a cultural level (denouncing, condemning, informing about what is happening), but also on the level of criminal persecution, to avoid being overwhelmed by evil.