The Authorisation Committee for organ transplants in Kashmir has rejected the case of Manjot Singh Kohli who had offered to donate her kidney to her Muslim friend, on humanitarian grounds, Greater Kashmir reported.
Quoting Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Prof Omar Javed Shah, who is also chairperson of the committee, said there were “serious legal issues” in the case the report said that after examining the entire case in-depth the panel “unanimously decided not to authorize the donation”.
Shah while quoting authorisation rules, said that , the seven-member committee constituted under J&K Transplantation of Human Organ Rules was empowered to reject a case on basis of a “complaint or doubt”.
Manjot who has offered to donate her kidney to her terminally ill friend has been arguing that being a major she was entitled to take a decision on her own regarding donation of an organ while citing law governing organ donation.
However Prof Shah said they had taken “serious note” of the prospective donor’s father Gurdeep Singh Kohli’s communication to SKIMS that her daughter was being “pressurized” to donate her kidney.
“Last week, we received an affidavit from him stating that Manjot was under pressure and requested us not to carry out the procedure,” Prof Shah told GK that Kohli has also threatened legal action against the Institute in case the procedure was carried out.
The prospective donor and recipient, the director said, can approach court in case they wish to contest the committee’s decision. “The committee is clear that this organ donation cannot go ahead when her (Manjot’s) father has leveled serious allegations,” he said.
The case hit headlines after the Manjot posted her anguish regarding delay by SKIMS to carry out the procedure, on social media.
Manjot a social activist from Udhampur has been in news after her offer to donate her kidney to Muslim friend. However, she has been facing hurdles ever since taking the decision.
Her father in an emotional appeal has asked her to reconsider the decision citing his ill-health as a reason. Meanwhile, Manjot responded back to her father by saying that for her saving a life was more important than saving relationships.