Pakistan TV Show Gives Away ... Babies
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 2:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Next time someone complains that American TV has gone a little too far, suggest they take a look at the new gimmick of one of Pakistan's most popular shows: free baby giveaways. As in, actual human babies. Host Aamir Liaquat Hussain gave away two infant girls last month and plans to keep going, reports Reuters. Witness the posting on his website: "If any family cannot afford to bring up their new born baby due to poverty or illness then instead of killing them, they should hand over the baby to Dr Aamir."

The first two babies were provided by a Pakistani aid organization that takes in abandoned infants, and both the show and the organization insist that the recipients were vetted. "If we didn't find this baby, a cat or a dog would have eaten it," Hussain told his cheering audience before handing over one of the baby girls to a childless couple. Reuters explains that Pakistan has loosened its control over broadcasting in recent years, leading to a slew of such ratings-grabbing stunts. CNN describes this particular show, Aman Ramazan, as a Pakistani version of The Price is Right. Audience members typically win prizes for correctly answering questions about the Koran. Only now, the show is giving away babies along with fridges and microwaves.

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Aug 1, 2013 7:10 PM CDT
"Only now, the show is giving away babies along with fridges and microwaves." Well, that's convenient since baby...."It's what's for dinner." You can cook it in your microwave and store the leftovers in the fridge. "Get in my belly." Fat Bas#ard.
Aug 1, 2013 5:03 PM CDT
That is one game I would be seriously trying to lose! First prize ...... a baby...........Second prize ........two babies! Aaagh!!!!!
Aug 1, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
Pakistan receives billions in foreign aid from the U.S. Are we paying for baby giveaways? In that culture, male babies are prized, female babies often are not. What becomes of the girl babies who get auctioned off? Are they used as property, as future servants, or "wives"? The whole thing is bizarre, but then, half the stuff people do these days is beyond comprehension.