In her petition, Preethi from Nemilichery in Tiruvallur, a mother of two, said she decided to be a surrogate to make ends meet and met a Murali, a staff member of a private fertility clinic on Nelson Manickam Road, through friend Ramya.
After the hospital offered her Rs 4 lakh to carry a male child and Rs 5 lakh for twins, she underwent the artificial insemination procedure in April for twins, she claimed. She gave birth to twins prematurely at the same hospital on January 3. The hospital took custody of the babies and discharged her, she said.
However, when she returned to the hospital a week later to get payment of Rs 5 lakh, the hospital administration reportedly told Preethi that they could not give her the promised sum as the two babies were dead. She would have received only 10,000 rupees.
When questioned, officials said his petition had been forwarded to Aminjikarai Police Station for investigation. “Although surrogacy is legal, we will have to check if the babies are really dead. Additionally, the terms of the agreement between the hospital and the plaintiff must be reviewed to determine if there has been a breach,” police said.
The complainant could not be reached for her comment.