New Delhi (JPN/ Bureau): The joy of Spanish gay couple, who adopted twin girls born through surrogacy and IVF (in-vitro fertilization) technique in the capital, short-lived as the issue stuck in legal tangle.

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has sought explanation from the fertility centre, owner and agencies associated with Spanish embassy in connection with the gay couple adoption.

Issuing notice to Dr Anoop Gupta, the owner of Delhi IVF Fertility Research Centre where the surrogate mother delivered the babies, the DCPCR has asked him to explain the adoption and surrogacy procedure. The notice was issued to the doctor involved and a reply was also sought from the couple.

A gay couple from Spain, Juam and Mauro, with the help of surrogate mothers, adopted twin girls Uma and Diya.

Chairperson of DCPCR Amod Kanth said, “The Commission just wants to know whether, the process, if any was followed for the adoption as per the provisions under Juvenile Justice (care & protection) Act, 2000.”

“The rules and guidelines are quite stringent and certain way is required to go through the process,” said he adding: “The Commission views the entire episode seriously as the children are being taken out of the country (Spain) amounting to an inter-country adoption.”

The area’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Adoption Resource Authority and National Commission for Women and Child Welfare were also issued notices in this regard.

 “As the Indian laws are yet to approve of a gay marital relationship, the Commission shows its grave concern over the issue whether the gay foreigner couple has the legal status to assign such surrogacy or having the legal status of adopting parents or otherwise.”

Dr Anoop Gupta on Thursday had reported about the adoption of twin girls by Spanish gay couple during a press conference.