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Racism row hits cash-for-womb

New York: Fair-skinned high caste women are being paid $1,600 more to be surrogate mothers than their dark-skinned, low-caste rivals,  an Indian study has revealed.

India has be-come a medical tourism destination for fertility treatment and surrogacy among both childless Western and Indian couples from around the world.

But according to researchers, surrogate mothers still face discrimination over their caste, skin color and attractiveness despite the fact that the fetus they carry has none of their own genetic material, the New York Daily News reported.