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Surrogacy in India

<p>Nayana Patel (C, bottom), a gynaecologist, shows a magazine to surrogate mothers inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 26, 2013. India is a leading center for surrogate motherhood, partly due to Hinduism's acceptance of the concept. Rising demand from abroad for Indian surrogate mothers has turned "surrogacy tourism" there into a billion dollar industry, according to a report by the Law Commission of India.


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Nayana Patel (C, bottom), a gynaecologist, shows a magazine to surrogate mothers inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 26, 2013. India is a...more

Nayana Patel (C, bottom), a gynaecologist, shows a magazine to surrogate mothers inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 26, 2013. India is a leading center for surrogate motherhood, partly due to Hinduism's acceptance of the concept. Rising demand from abroad for Indian surrogate mothers has turned "surrogacy tourism" there into a billion dollar industry, according to a report by the Law Commission of India. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>A photograph of entertainment host Oprah Winfrey is displayed on a shelf inside a clinic, belonging to the Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

A photograph of entertainment host Oprah Winfrey is displayed on a shelf inside a clinic, belonging to the Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A photograph of entertainment host Oprah Winfrey is displayed on a shelf inside a clinic, belonging to the Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>A surrogate mother rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

A surrogate mother rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A surrogate mother rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>A surrogate mother holds a book inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

A surrogate mother holds a book inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A surrogate mother holds a book inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>First time surrogate mother Ambika, 28, rests with her biological son, inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town,  August 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

First time surrogate mother Ambika, 28, rests with her biological son, inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

First time surrogate mother Ambika, 28, rests with her biological son, inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Karishma Barnar, 22, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, prepares to eat a meal with her husband Babu inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Karishma Barnar, 22, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, prepares to eat a meal with her husband Babu inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal more

Karishma Barnar, 22, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, prepares to eat a meal with her husband Babu inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Madhu Makwana (L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, gets ready for her baby shower ceremony as her biological daughter Preeti (C) drinks milk, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town,  August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Madhu Makwana (L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, gets ready for her baby shower ceremony as her biological daughter Preeti (C) drinks milk, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22,...more

Madhu Makwana (L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, gets ready for her baby shower ceremony as her biological daughter Preeti (C) drinks milk, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Madhu Makwana (2nd L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, attends her baby shower ceremony inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Madhu Makwana (2nd L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, attends her baby shower ceremony inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Madhu Makwana (2nd L), 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, attends her baby shower ceremony inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Sharda, 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013.

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Sharda, 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Sharda, 35, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Children of surrogate mothers play inside a clinic belonging to Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Children of surrogate mothers play inside a clinic belonging to Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Children of surrogate mothers play inside a clinic belonging to Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Surrogate mothers shop from a local vendor inside a temporary home for surrogate mothers, provided by Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Surrogate mothers shop from a local vendor inside a temporary home for surrogate mothers, provided by Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Surrogate mothers shop from a local vendor inside a temporary home for surrogate mothers, provided by Akanksha IVF center, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>A surrogate mother speaks to her husband on a phone, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. 

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A surrogate mother speaks to her husband on a phone, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A surrogate mother speaks to her husband on a phone, inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Ragini, 32, a first-time surrogate, lies on a bed next to her husband Kirit, 38, after an embryo transfer was conducted on her, inside the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Ambika, who is a housewife and a mother of two children, is acting as a surrogate for a couple from abroad.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Ragini, 32, a first-time surrogate, lies on a bed next to her husband Kirit, 38, after an embryo transfer was conducted on her, inside the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Ambika, who is a housewife and a mother of two children, is...more

Ragini, 32, a first-time surrogate, lies on a bed next to her husband Kirit, 38, after an embryo transfer was conducted on her, inside the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Ambika, who is a housewife and a mother of two children, is acting as a surrogate for a couple from abroad. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Pamila, 25, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Pamila, 25, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Pamila, 25, who is a first time surrogate mother, rests inside a temporary home for surrogates, provided by Akanksha IVF centre, in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Surrogate mothers rest inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Rekha Patel (R), 42, from Britain, touches surrogate mother Naina Patel's (C) biological daughter inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Naina carried and delivered Rekha's daughter Gabriella.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Rekha Patel (R), 42, from Britain, touches surrogate mother Naina Patel's (C) biological daughter inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Naina carried and delivered Rekha's daughter...more

Rekha Patel (R), 42, from Britain, touches surrogate mother Naina Patel's (C) biological daughter inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Naina carried and delivered Rekha's daughter Gabriella. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Surrogate mothers (L-R) Daksha, 37, Renuka, 23, and Rajia, 39, pose for a photograph inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Surrogate mothers (L-R) Daksha, 37, Renuka, 23, and Rajia, 39, pose for a photograph inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Surrogate mothers (L-R) Daksha, 37, Renuka, 23, and Rajia, 39, pose for a photograph inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Diksha, 29, who has acted as a surrogate mother twice, poses next to her husband Mahendra Prasad Dayali, 30, inside her house in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Diksha, a housewife, acted as a surrogate mother for Japanese couples in 2008 and 2010. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Diksha, 29, who has acted as a surrogate mother twice, poses next to her husband Mahendra Prasad Dayali, 30, inside her house in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Diksha, a housewife, acted as a surrogate mother for Japanese couples in 2008 and 2010....more

Diksha, 29, who has acted as a surrogate mother twice, poses next to her husband Mahendra Prasad Dayali, 30, inside her house in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Diksha, a housewife, acted as a surrogate mother for Japanese couples in 2008 and 2010. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Papiya, 26, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, speaks to her husband on a mobile phone inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Papiya, 26, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, speaks to her husband on a mobile phone inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Papiya, 26, who is pregnant with her second child as a surrogate, speaks to her husband on a mobile phone inside a temporary home for surrogates provided by Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Surrogate mothers wait for a routine examination with doctors at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013.   REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Surrogate mothers wait for a routine examination with doctors at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Surrogate mothers wait for a routine examination with doctors at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Embryologist Harsha Bhadarka, displays a container of frozen embryos inside a lab at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Embryologist Harsha Bhadarka, displays a container of frozen embryos inside a lab at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Embryologist Harsha Bhadarka, displays a container of frozen embryos inside a lab at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Gynaecologist Nayana Patel, carries out an ultrasound examination on Renuka, 23, a surrogate mother, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Gynaecologist Nayana Patel, carries out an ultrasound examination on Renuka, 23, a surrogate mother, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Gynaecologist Nayana Patel, carries out an ultrasound examination on Renuka, 23, a surrogate mother, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>An ultrasound image of surrogate mother Manjula, 30, is seen on a monitor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

An ultrasound image of surrogate mother Manjula, 30, is seen on a monitor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

An ultrasound image of surrogate mother Manjula, 30, is seen on a monitor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Gynaecologist Nayana Patel examines a surrogate mother at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Gynaecologist Nayana Patel examines a surrogate mother at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Gynaecologist Nayana Patel examines a surrogate mother at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Rekha Patel, 42, from Britain, looks at her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina Patel. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Rekha Patel, 42, from Britain, looks at her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina Patel. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Rekha Patel, 42, from Britain, looks at her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 24, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina Patel. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, while speaking to her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town,  August 25, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina Patel.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, while speaking to her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina...more

Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, while speaking to her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. Gabriella was carried and delivered by an Indian surrogate mother, Naina Patel. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Briton Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, watches inside an intensive care unit at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Briton Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, watches inside an intensive care unit at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Briton Rekha Patel, 42, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as her husband Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, watches inside an intensive care unit at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Rekha Patel, 42 (R), from Britain, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as she stands next to a doctor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Rekha Patel, 42 (R), from Britain, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as she stands next to a doctor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi...more

Rekha Patel, 42 (R), from Britain, holds her week-old-baby girl Gabriella, as she stands next to a doctor at the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, carries his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, after she was discharged from the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, carries his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, after she was discharged from the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013. ...more

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, carries his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, after she was discharged from the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, about 70 km (44 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, holds his week-old daughter Gabriella, who is kissed by her maternal grandmother Vanita Patel, outside the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, holds his week-old daughter Gabriella, who is kissed by her maternal grandmother Vanita Patel, outside the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, holds his week-old daughter Gabriella, who is kissed by her maternal grandmother Vanita Patel, outside the Akanksha IVF centre in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, kisses his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, inside a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, kisses his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, inside a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, from Britain, kisses his week-old-baby girl Gabriella, inside a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Gabriella, the week-old daughter of Rekha Patel, 42, and Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, sleeps in a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

Gabriella, the week-old daughter of Rekha Patel, 42, and Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, sleeps in a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Gabriella, the week-old daughter of Rekha Patel, 42, and Daniele Fabbricatore, 39, sleeps in a hotel room in Anand town, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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