Kidney racket in India uncovered
Indian police have uncovered a group trafficking human kidneys in a prominent private hospital in Delhi. Ten arrests have been made so far, including two surgeons’ assistants and the ringleader of the organization. The group “has been operating for the last one-and-a-half years in Delhi and Kolkata” (McKirdy and Pokharel, 2016). Poor people were lured from all over India to give up their kidneys for a small fee. The suspects then sold the organs for up to $7,500 (BBC News, 2016). According to Mandeep Randhawa, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Southeast Delhi, it is unknown exactly how many kidneys were traded and how much money changed hands, although the police have been able to confirm five cases occurring in a period of four to five months (McKirdy and Pokharel, 2016).
Apollo Hospital, where the trafficking allegedly took place, denies any involvement in the operation. A hospital spokesperson described Apollo as “a victim of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients and the hospital” (BBC News, 2016). Nonetheless, police are investigating transplant committee members at the hospital “as all institutions in India are required to have a committee approve kidney transplants” (McKirdy and Pokharel, 2016). The hospital suggests that forged documents were used to pass stringent procedures. The hospital has given their full cooperation to the police as they continue in their investigation, and police are also monitoring other hospitals in the area.
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