A game show in Pakistan has taken to giving away living prizes - babies. Babies are often found abandoned in the country so the show, 'Aman Ramazan' hooked up with the non-profit Chhipa Welfare Association to find them homes via TV.
'Aman Ramazan,' called by many Pakistan's version of 'The Price is Right,' is broadcast seven hours daily during the Holy month of Ramadan and host Aamir Liaquat Hussain is a big TV star in the country, as well as a religious hero. Prizes are won by answering questions relating to the Quran and other prizes given away include motorcycles and appliances like dryers and fridges.
Pakistani prized baby giveaways
Despite Hussain's high status there is controversy surrounding the baby giveaway but at least one of two couples who have won baby girls so far are happy, if surprised, with their prize. "I was really shocked at first. I couldn't believe we were being given this baby girl," Suriya Bilqees, new mother to a two-week-old said. "I was extremely happy."
Further defence of babies as prizes on a TV game show comes from an the organizer of the NGO providing the babies for 'Aman Ramazan'. "Our team finds babies abandoned on the street, in garbage bins - some of them dead, others mauled by animals. So why not ensure the baby is kept alive and gets a good home?" Ramzan Chhipa told media.
"We didn't just give the baby away. We have our own vetting procedure. This couple was already registered with us and had four or five sessions with us."
Hussain intends to give away a baby boy next and is fighting back from the criticism that has been leveled at him and his show. "We've created a symbol of peace and love, that's our show's theme -- to spread love. I'm setting an example. Giving a childless couple an abandoned child," Hussain said.
"These are the disenfranchised babies that grow up to be street kids and used for suicide bombing attacks. We have tried to show an alternative."