Probe of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan over sex of unborn baby

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 1:22am


Indian officials said they were investigating reports that Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and his wife know they are expecting a baby boy, in a country where prenatal sex tests are banned.

Media have in recent days reported that 47-year-old Khan and his wife Gauri, who have a son and daughter in their teens, are expecting a son by surrogacy. The Mumbai couple are yet to confirm they are expecting.

On seeing the reports, the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association wrote to the health ministry in Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, demanding an investigation.

"We want to know the truth and if it is true how (the gender) came out and who told it," the association's Dr Jignesh Thakkar said. "Whoever is responsible must be punished."

The health ministry has told the city's municipal corporation to look into the matter, a senior official confirmed.

India bans sex tests because of a preference for sons in the country. Aborting of female fetuses has led to a gender imbalance.

Traditionally, married women in India have faced huge pressure to produce male heirs, who are seen as breadwinners, family leaders and carers when parents age.

The 1996 law, designed to prevent the use of ultrasound for prenatal sex tests, is thought to be widely flouted.

Media reports said officials from Mumbai's municipal corporation visited the actor's mansion on Monday but he was not at home. Khan's secretary was unavailable to comment.