A PRIME-TIME telly show in Pakistan is giving away BABIES in a desperate bid to win the Ramadan ratings war.In Amaan Ramazan, host Aamir Liaquat Hussain has given two abandoned babies to childless couples so far during the holy month.During an episode last week, Hussain told the studio audience: “This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on pile of garbage by somebody. See how beautiful and innocent she is.”The baby was then handed over to a childless couple by Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa, who runs the Chhipa Welfare Association.The tearful wife described the child as a “gift of Ramadan” before her husband described their frustration at not being able to have children.Husband Riaz-ud-din said: “These 14 years were full of hardships, people asked to go for second marriage but I remained patient and also asked my wife to be patient.”
Unusual … An abandoned baby is paraded on the show
Chhipa said: “We have lots of babies that are just abandoned, left in the garbage or other dirty places.
“Often we just find the bodies so our message that we make is to tell people to bring their babies to us, don’t just leave them.”
He added that the couples had previously approached his organisation to adopt children but he did not go into details about the vetting process.
The show has been dubbed ‘the Islamic Price is Right’ and is this year’s offering from TV channel Geo News.
It boasts ‘soul-stirring experiences’ to ‘rub balm on the wounds’ of the downtrodden.
Other giveaways include plots of land, home-theatre systems, washing machines and computers.
Host … Aamir Liaquat Hussain
The battle for viewers is most intense during the holy month.
Last year, one programme featured the live conversion of a Hindu to Islam.
Another show, hosted by a model who posed naked for an Indian magazine, featured an exorcism.
Pakistan is considered a conservative Muslim country and children born out of wedlock are condemned.
The crime is punishable by death under strict interpretations of Islamic law, but hundreds of babies, especially girls, are abandoned every month.
And under Pakistani law, anyone found to have abandoned an infant will face seven years behind bars.