RSS wing ‘finds way’ to ensure fair-skinned babies

NEW DELHI: A medical group linked with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has devised a way to help “dark-skinned” parents produce fair super babies, The Wire news portal reported on Sunday.

The Wire said Arogya Bharati an RSS-linked group had promised prospective “dark-skinned” parents who undergo its workshop and procedures “babies … with fair complexion”?

It described the group as “medical wing” of the RSS – parent organisation of the party that is currently running the Indian government.

“Call it racism or quackery, the Calcutta High Court on Friday decided to allow the RSS-linked Arogya Bha­rati to carry out a programme on how to conceive children that would be tall and fair provided it adhered to strict conditions. The workshop in Calcutta intended to tell couples ancient secrets on how to conceive a ‘susantan’ or a super baby,” reported NDTV.

West Bengal’s Commission for Protection of Child Rights had approached the high court seeking guidance on the programme. The workshop, priced at Rs 500 per couple, was to be conducted by Dr Karishma Narvin, a visiting lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

Dr Hitesh Jani, also from the Gujarat Ayurved Unive­rsity, told NDTV that modern-day genetic science allows for genetic engineering in vitro, which is in a petri dish, whereas the garbh sanskar which they propagate would enable this genetic engineering to be in vivo, inside the womb itself.

The court allowed the programme to be held but set the condition that no money can be charged for it and only a lecture can be given, there should be no administration of any treatment.

The court also asked that the event be videotaped and submitted to the court, The Wire said.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2017