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Dr Amit Kumar, the prime accused in the kidney transplant racket, is in the dock for stealing kidneys of nearly 500 people. But, the fact remains that he gave new lease of life to another 500 needy patients. Both donor and the recipient of the kidney lived. To what extent Dr. Horror is responsible in this case? All you know all those persons might have parted with their kidney willingly in exchange of money and then turned against him when someone told him they could have got more money. Is there a law against selling your own body organs for altruistic purposes?

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Asked by Jack Johnson, 11 Feb '08 08:40 am
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Yes, the law forbids selling your organs for money. The law provides for donating your organs and also realises that donations are not always voluntary and hence tries to make it difficult for strangers to donate.
Answered by Venkateswaraswamy Swarna, 12 Feb '08 09:28 am

 
  
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Cadaver transplant must be regularized.
So far organ donation is legal but organ sale is not.
So the doctor has broken the law and has to face the music.
Answered by joyoti sen, 11 Feb '08 11:50 am

 
  
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Dr Horror is no doubt guilty and those who sould their organs should also be booked. However the recipients are the perpetrators of the crime. Most of the recipients are people from the developed economy. It is they who feed and grow this illegal organ trading racket. Making organ donation compulsory is the only way ahead.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 11 Feb '08 10:35 am

 
  
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Our knowledge to this case is very limited .What ever and however the case has been presented we know up to that much. Whether he is saint or killer we shall know only after legal proceedings is over. Neither we have studied the case nor have interaction with the complainer. By no means can we avoid the facts that have come before us. Whether he has given or taken 500 lives, this is subject to verification.

Transplantation of human organs is strictly prohibited As per the transplantation of human organs Act, 1944. When they have carried on such a big numbers of operations, there must be official record. How have they got the kidneys, whether it was an exploitation of the poor people and whom it is donated or sold to.

Actually, there is one great factor we cant deny that media fabricate all cases. They bring much important news to our knowledge but without providing sufficient ground to understand the matter in deep.

Finally I would say, if he is found guilty by the court ...more
Answered by joyesh chakraborty, 11 Feb '08 09:44 am

 
  
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Let me start by the last question. At the basic level, there is no law which prohibits a person from "exchanging" a thing "belonging to him/her" with some monetary inflow. However, since an organ doesnt readily fall into the category of "thing" or "material", the same cannot be said about it. Since absence of an organ can, in many cases, be a direct threat to the life, "exchanging" it attracts debate.

In a scenario where the demand is many many folds than the supply, any voluntary donation would also come under scrutiny. However, that is the catch..."voluntary". There is a thin line that divides a voluntary donation and a forced donation. If all the information is provided with a neutral tone and the decision is left to a completely informed, yet un-coaxed mind, then the donation is entirely voluntary. However, a scenario where the discussion is led and the information is directive, a donation very much contains sizeable traces of force. But the judiciary is in a fix since its almos ...more
Answered by Pooja Das, 18 Feb '08 04:39 pm

 
  
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You don't sell your kidneys to buy a 60'' Plasma colour TV or an X-box 360. Most likely- I can comfortably say- most part w/ organs because of abject poverty & out of blatant desperation for survival.

In Chennai outskirts, there was a recent newsreport of kidneys sold for 35k. And those folks weren't selling it to buy Playstation 2s. Or for immigrating to Silicon Valley.

By legitimizing & partaking in organ sales, the doctor has sort of "justified" this plage of capitalism. Instead of campaigning against it. The point is- standard of living amongst the urban & agrarian proletarian is so attrociously low, that people are willing to sell body parts, daughters etc., for paying bills.

But the doctor ain't Devil Incarnate. He was just a businessman w/ dubious ethics. But the fault is neo liberalism & income inequality....and the responsibility for that lies with whoever drafts our annual national budget.

While I'm enraged it happened, I'm not surprised. "experts" today make ...more
Answered by A Moin, 11 Feb '08 09:12 pm

 
  
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U R right , dear
but our law didn't permit it, people are selling their organs for money which is against law & those who are promoting it are also doing this illegally for their own interest
Answered by sudesh, 11 Feb '08 11:11 am

 
  
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That all depends upon the donor and the receipant.
Answered by jameel ahmed, 11 Feb '08 12:39 pm

 
  
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A business man whose fuinctioning was wrong. You never know the true reason. he may have b ought the kidney for rs. 2000 and sold it for rs. 2,00,000/-. he has made its a usiness and a fortune. he is a disgrace tu humanity nand the wor doctor
Answered by Lakshmi Rajesh, 22 Feb '08 03:17 pm

 
  
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I have very little faith in any story like this whether it is kedney racket or rape case.
writting in issues like this whithout personal knowledge is as good as writting a fiction.I am not ready to recognize any person as DEV OR DAANAV without my personal knowlaege
Answered by nicator l, 16 Feb '08 11:37 am

 
  
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