Pakistani TV Show Gives Away Baby Girl

On it's face this story seems pretty weird.   A Pakistani television show is giving away babies as part of it's special Ramadan programming.   A potential adoptive couple (technically in Pakistan they will be legal guardians as there is no legal adoption) was surprised with the gift of an infant girl on live, national television.   At first I imagined an Oprah style, "You get a baby and you get a baby and you get a baby..." The reality is that these new parents had already undergone interviews with the NGO that rescued the abandoned baby girl and they were screened as potential parents.

Giving away babies to couples who wish to adopt them may be a ratings gimmick, but it may also have the upside of promoting adoption. It could also shed light on the problem of abandoned children, especially girls, in poorer countries.