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Pakistani television show gives away real babies as prizes
巴基斯坦電視秀 送真娃當獎品

Pakistani television show host Aamir Liaqat Hussain, right, speaks with a married couple after they adopted a baby boy during an Islamic quiz show for Ramadan in Karachi on Aug. 2.

Photo: AFP

A Pakistani show that gives away babies on live television is causing controversy among viewers for turning children into prizes, but the creators say it is a good deed that makes parents happy.

CNN reported that the show, which broadcasts seven hours a day during Ramadan, vets parents seeking an adopted child and gives some of them babies during the broadcast.

The children come from a non-governmental organization, the Chhipa Welfare Association, which often finds abandoned babies, according to CNN.

But not everyone is pleased. “A good thing done in [a] reckless manner is not good, human beings are not trophies,” Facebook user Yasin Janjua posted online. “This is not okay, it is child abuse,” another user posted.

However, CNN reported the show is very popular and the welfare association said each couple registers and passes screening in advance.

It says it receives up to 15 abandoned babies a month. “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?” said Ramzan Chhipa, who runs the organization.

(Liberty Times)









1. vet v.

審查;檢查 (shen3 cha2; jian3 cha2)

例: The candidates were very thoroughly vetted.


2. reckless adj.

魯莽的;草率的;馬虎的 (lu2 mang3 de5; cao3 shuai4 de5; ma3 hu1 de5)

例: Reckless driving is a serious crime that requires offenders to pay hefty fines.


3. in advance idiom

事先;預先 (shi4 xian1; yu4 xian1)

例: You ought to have told me in advance.


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