“The hon. Supreme Court, Madam, has recently decriminalised Section 377 and the LGBT community has been accepted to be a part of the mainstream. So, we have same sex couples now. But, in this Bill, there is no mention of them,” she said. The Trinamool MP also called for stopping “fashion surrogacy”, alleging that some celebrities were opting for it as they did not want their figures destroyed. Supriya Sule of the NCP urged the the government to expand its scope as “the Bill is a good Bill but not modern enough.” BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab pointed out that it does not define who is a close relative and asked why the government had not accepted all recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee that had gone into aspects of the Bill.
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