New Delhi: A Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party on Saturday as they believe it wards off the coronavirus, as they consider the cow sacred and some drink cow urine believing it has medicinal properties. Experts have repeatedly asserted that cow urine does not cure illnesses like cancer and there is no evidence that it can prevent coronavirus.
The ‘party’, hosted by a group called the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha at its headquarters in the national capital, was attended by 200 people, and the organisers hoped to host similar events elsewhere in the country. We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,” said Om Prakash, a person who attended the party.
Chakrapani Maharaj, the chief of the Mahasabha, posed for photographs as he placed a spoon filled with cow urine near the face of a caricature of the coronavirus. Leaders from the BJP have advocated the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer.
A leader from India’s north eastern state of Assam told state lawmakers earlier this month during an assembly session that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat the coronavirus. The pathogen, which has infected more than 1,38,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead, has no known scientific cure and governments across the world are struggling to control the spread of the pandemic.
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