Trading in body parts
The Hindu | August 9, 2015
By K. V. Aditya Bharadwaj
Illegal organ donation rackets are not uncommon in India. But the latest one unearthed in Karnataka last month has exposed how the trade has flourished unabated in a systematic manner and has direct connections with private hospitals and even the State Authorisation Committee, a body that is meant to weed out illegal organ transplants.
The epicentre of the racket is the unassuming dusty town of Magadi, 55 km from Bengaluru, and known to many people in Bangalore as only a pit stop on the way to Mysuru. In the illegal organ trade, Magadi seems to have become an organ market. Three rackets have been busted here in the last eight years and, shockingly, it is the same gang all three times. The touts were arrested each time and let off.
However, while earlier probes ended with the touts, the latest racket has for the first time led to the arrests of employees of a leading private hospital chain and members of the State Authorisation Committee for organ transplants...