Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bone robbing thrives in India; feeds Western medical schools

Did you know that India is the number one supplier of top quality human bones to the world's medical institutions and colleges?

However there is a dark side to it. One that involves robbing the bones from graves, pullling off corpses from burning pyres the moment the relatives of the deceased disperse, keeping the skeletons hanging in the rives for the fish and bacteria to lick clean the flesh, boiling the bones in a vat of caustic soda to remove remaining bits of flesh, drying the bones in the sun and washing them with hydrochloric acid to give the bones a white shine and exporting them illegally to Western medical institutions that pay anywhere between $1500-$5000 for a skeleton. Read the full story here

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