New Delhi: Surrogate twins Nikolas and Leonard have been finally granted visas by Germany. Born to an Indian surrogate mother, they lived without a state since they were born in February 2008. But they have still not been granted citizenship by Germany.
So finally the German couple – Jon Balaz, his wife – and their surrogate children Nikolas and Leonard have reason to rejoice after the German government on Tuesday gave the twins permission to travel to their home in Germany. The Indian government too obliged by giving them a permit to travel out.
For two long years the surrogate twins lived in Jaipur as stateless citizens. Their troubles began when the Indian government refused to recognise them as Indian citizens saying it does not provide citizenship to children born of a surrogate mother. Germany too shut its doors on the twins saying it did not recognise surrogacy.