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Who wants a non-Brahmin sperm?

May 14, 2012

Not that we needed any evidence of the prevalence of caste in India – even amongst the elites who like to pretend caste doesn’t exists when it comes to the reservation debate. The Times of India reports from Mumbai:

In India, it’s well known that couples shopping for sperm demand both looks and brains. What isn’t so well known, despite being fairly commonplace, is a more outrageous request: caste-based sperm. Three years ago, Dr Saurav Kumar, a Patna gynaecologist, created a furore when he told a newspaper that childless couples insisted on knowing the caste of sperm donors. But while one may be tempted to assume that caste biases are entrenched only in states likeBihar, the city’s infertility experts insist otherwise.

Dilip Patil, founding president of Trivector, an infertility solutions firm, says there is a definite preference for Brahim donors in Mumbai. “Even among Muslims, couples want to know whether the donor is Sunni or Shiite,” he says. “However, going by Indian Council of Medical Researchguidelines, we reveal only the religion of the donor, not the caste.” [Link]

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2012 6:16 PM

    Reblogged this on newseditor.

  2. May 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    The shame that is caste doubles to pile up on mediocre, shallow and greedy bourgeois minds of our times.

  3. voyeur permalink
    May 14, 2012 11:12 PM

    “we only provide the religion, not caste…” One question. How does that make it better?

  4. Alternative Approach permalink
    May 15, 2012 5:06 AM

    I think I’d want rickshaw walla sperm. Those guys have the hottest, tightest leg muscles ;)

  5. May 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    If we happen to study more in detail then eye brows of many an intellectuals will be raised when they will come to know about the facts that even parents from lower social strata also want brahminical sperms

  6. dark lord permalink
    May 15, 2012 11:37 AM

    Once again, we have gone back to believing ToI as a genuine source of news while it continues to be a tabloid/paid newsletter. Clearly Shivam has learnt nothing from the May 10/May 11 expose of ToI ethics by Hindu.

    Also, all ToI has done is found a doctor who said a couple insisted on the caste of the donor. Rest all is unverifiable.

  7. Avinash permalink
    May 15, 2012 2:15 PM

    There was another link of the same TOI report:
    Needed: An IITian sperm donor!
    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-16/man-woman/30619050_1_sperm-donor-iit-student-iitian

    • Jenny permalink
      May 15, 2012 6:07 PM

      Which IIT’s sperm…please specify

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