BENGALURU: A Bengaluru-based In-Vitro Fertility (IVF) centre had to pay a heavy price for unfair trade practice and laxity on its part leading to a Mysuru-based man not having a child through surrogacy.
Promised a child or twins through surrogacy, the man paid Dr Rama's Fertility IVF Centre Rs 4.75 lakh only to be told later by doctors that single men can't have a child through this process.
Realizing that he'd been cheated, Martin Sujay, 40, approached a consumer court in Shantinagar on March 2, 2018, with a complaint against the centre’s CEO Dr Rakhee Mishra and Dr Papolu Rama Devi.
The court ordered the centre to pay Rs 3 lakh to Sujay, apart from refunding him Rs 4.75 lakh with 10% interest in six weeks.
Sujay, a divorcee, wanted to father a child through a surrogate mother so that his own mother would be able to see a grandchild in her lifetime
He came across a newspaper advertisement by the IVF Centre in mid-2016 which said it facilitated surrogacy.
Sujay contacted the centre and was assured by the doctors that he could have a child through a surrogate mother for around Rs 7 lakh and twins for an additional Rs 1.5 lakh.