In search of fair babies, Indians chase Caucasian donors for IVF

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    In search of fair babies, Indians chase Caucasian donors for IVF

    Mayuri Singhal, 36, married into a fair-skinned family. She herself is what is often described in matrimonial columns as 'wheatish'. When she couldn't conceive, she walked into an IVF clinic with her demand: a 'white' baby. "I had read on the internet that one could access a donor who is fair. I decided to opt for one so that the child blends in with the family."

    According to the World Health Organization, there are close to 19 million infertile couples in India and their numbers are growing. "Couples who come for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) list out specifications — the egg or sperm donor should be educated, fair, have blue eyes," says Dr Rita Bakshi, an IVF expert. Dr Bakshi says roughly 70% clients ask for fair donors.

    Infertility experts warn that getting a 'designer' baby is difficult and expensive. "You need a lot of paperwork and approvals," cautions Dr Anjali Malpani, a Mumbai-based fertility specialist. European donors may charge between $1,000 to $5,000 (Rs 6,000 to Rs 30,000 approximately) depending on factors such as physical health and educational background.

    Dr Manish Banker, director of a fertility clinic, says: "Seeking fair-skinned donors is a rising trend. Couples usually ask for donors with blue or brown eyes."

    IVF clinics can obtain permission to import frozen human embryo after getting certain documents in order. Caucasian eggs are usually sourced from donors in Spain and countries in Eastern Europe. Dr Bakshi of Delhi explains: "You need to get a legal agreement signed by the intended parents, and the clinic, which should be registered with the ICMR. The clinic should issue a No Objection Certificate to import frozen human embryo and it should be signed by the intended parents while they are physically present in India." Various courier services and cryopreservation companies ship such biological material to India.

    Laws vary according to the country. For example, Canada forbids its donors from demanding any financial compensation. On the other hand, the US does not regulate the amount of money that can be paid to a donor. In 2012, fertility watchdog Human Fertility and Embryology Authority raised the limit for UK donors from £250 per cycle to £750 (Rs 22,600 to Rs 67,800 approx.).

    But there are issues of logistics and laws. Dr Malpani of Mumbai cites a 2010 incident where a container carrying frozen human embryos from the US was seized by customs officials at Mumbai airport and returned to the US. While the ART Bill 2010 clearly states that import of human embryos is allowed, the customs department has yet to update its import tariff manual to include it.

    None of this deters couples like Suresh and Supriya Shetty from Hyderabad who scouted for a donor fairer than them. "We are so grateful that our daughter Vani is as white as milk. There is no denying that it is easier to get fair girls married," says Suresh who came to Ahmedabad to get IVF treatment done.
     
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    So we are breeding white trash in India now?:laugh:
     
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    Where are we heading towards?
     
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    So that is the reason Indian women love us... i didn't know they wanted to be white.
     
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    Is this more of cosmetic news two have a child from other that also some white Caucasian is one side funny for Indians who are very emotional for their race and color. My experience is brown Indian neither like black nor white .
     
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    Imported donor sperms should be banned or high tax should be imposed on them so as to discourage their use, the white fetish is the result of anglicanized education system which installs inferiority complex.
     
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    This poster has been the preeminent race-baiter on DFI for almost 2 years as far as I have seen.
     
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    Nah, @Ray is a lot worse

    At least trackwhack isn't so confused as to label 'Chinese' a race as opposed to a nationality
     
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    Disagreed. And you're wrong on your 2nd point as well. Preference for fair skin goes back thousands of years in Indian history ever since (or probably even before) the "Varna" (literally colour) or caste system took hold. Since caste has always been inherently linked economic and social class, being fair was considered to be a sign of "higher" status, and hence preferred.
     
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    I presume it is the desire to be different and hence stick out amongst the crowd as a novelty.

    That is why the dark skinned want to be light skinned.

    The light skinned want to be dark and so tanned body is much sought after.

    And those with small eyes want to be double eyelids wonders and silicone breasted.

    We are never happy with what we have got God given!
     
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    Chinese maybe a nationality, but Han Chinese are not!

    Unfortunately, through forced assimilation China has a 93% population classified as Han Chinese.

    Therefore, when one speaks of the Chinese, they mean the Han variety since they have swamped the population. And when they want to mention the ethnic groups still holding out from being assimilated, they mention them by their ethnicity i.e. Tibetan, Uyghur, etc.

    Han are a race and a race that assimilates and converts non Hans into Hans.
     
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    That is certainly true to an extent, but there is something more to it at least in the West. This is largely a female phenomena, but brown skin women have a high percentage of desire to be lighter skin colour. African women in US and EU have an entire culture trying to look more white from hair extensions to staying out of the sun.
     
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    This is just disgusting. I can't stand this sentiment.
     
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    If you are not in the sun for literally thousands of years with better food and better access to good and clean living style, ofcourse a brahmin will be more fairer than a average indian. It means diddly sqwat that the whole system reeks of douchebaggery of the highest order.
     
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    Not really, everybody wants to be olive or wheatish, nobody wants be pasty white or jet black. Everybody is going to be beige in the future.
     
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    I wonder what drives this type of warped logic!. How ridiculous!
     
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    Will this make you feel better? :-D

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    While it is always nice to know that Britain is sinking into an irreversible decline, I'm afraid this problem cannot be alleviated by mere schadenfreude. As I see it, obsession with fair skin is a very deep-seated problem in India, and many Indians are unfortunately unapologetic racists. They don't even know or understand that they are being racist.

    Just so people now, I would be equally disappointed if there was an obsession with black skin. It's not about the white skin itself, but about the harmful effects on self-image that this culture promotes.
     
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    Wrong - talk to your average Chinese, Japanese, or Korean girl
     
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