Dragons` Den star James Caan offers to buy a baby in Pakistan

Reality show `Dragons` Den` star James Caan has caused an uproar after he was filmed offering to buy a baby girl from a poverty-stricken family in a village in Pakistan.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 00:05 AM IST

London: Reality show `Dragons` Den` star
James Caan has caused an uproar after he was filmed offering
to buy a baby girl from a poverty-stricken family in a village
in Pakistan.

The Pakistani-born star was in the country filming an
ITV report about his charity work when he was handed a newborn
baby girl.

Moments after taking the baby in his arms in a flood-hit
village, he offered to buy the child for Rs 100,000 (about
1,438 pounds) for his brother.

However, the actor today claimed he had only spoken out
in the heat of the moment and he quickly realised the baby
should not be moved from its family or village.

"I was carried away with emotion," Caan said.
In the video, where he offers to buy the baby, Caan is
filmed saying, "I`m being 100 per cent serious. My brother
lives here and he desperately wants a baby. We can give this
baby the best life she should possibly have."

Caan lives in London with his wife, Aisha, and two
daughters Hanah and Jemma-Lia. He moved to Britain from
Pakistan as a child - his original surname was Khan - and grew
up in Brick Lane, east London.

He now heads a private equity firm and is thought to be
worth about 130 million pounds.

PTI