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.