New Delhi: Strict laws and low awareness are among the reasons that hamper organ donation in India, a country where lakhs of people die due to failure to get organs, according to an NGO working in the field.
"In western countries like the US, the laws are not tough and India should follow some of their provisions", says Vice President of 'Donate Life' Sandeep Kumar.
"There is an urgent need to change the laws related with human organs transplant. They are very restrictive in nature", said Kumar, who is also a 1989-batch IRS officer.
The current law allows organ donations from a 'near relative', which it defines as spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister.
Kumar said the NGOs have suggested to states to prepare their own norms and rules but only few of them have formulated the policies on this important issue.
"Among the states, Gujarat wanted some inputs. We have recommended them to expand the definition of 'near relative' and include friends, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and other relatives", he said. Continue reading