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Friday, May 15, 2009

Indian man of seven daughters avoids washing for 35 years

Picture: The Indian city of Varanasi, where Kalau who fathered seven daughters.
An Indian man who fathered seven daughters has not washed for 35 years in an apparent attempt to ensure his next child is a boy. Kailash "Kalau" Singh replaces bathing and brushing his teeth with a "fire bath" every evening when he stands on one leg beside a bonfire, smokes marijuana and says prayers to Lord Shiva. Kalau was reported as saying that it is just like using water to take a bath and a fire bath helps kill germs and infection in the body.

Kalau, 63, from a village outside the holy city of Varanasi, outraged his family by refusing to take a ritual dip in the river Ganges even after his brother died five years ago. "I still don't remember how it all began," he said in Saturday Tue May 12.
"I just know it started about 35 years ago." Kalau's hygiene regime has taken its toll on his professional life.

The grocery store that he used to own closed when customers stopped shopping there due to his "unhealthy personality" and he now tills fields near Varanasi airport. Most Indians prefer sons, who are typically regarded as breadwinners, while girls are seen as a burden because of the matrimonial dowry demanded by a groom's family and the fact that their earnings go to their husband's family.


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