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Ashwirya Shetty

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Posted: 30 September 2004 at 6:03pm | IP Logged

Skull for Rs 150? IT city is here

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2004 09:38:12 PM ]

BANGALORE: Want a skull? Just pay Rs 150. How about a corpse? Will cost you Rs 300 upwards. Welcome to Bangalore's big bazar : The Human Market.
 
This team of reporters went on a shopping spree buying teeth, skull and thigh bones from graveyards, in Rajajinagar's Harishchandra Ghat, Mysore Road, Wilson Garden and Kalpalli.
The selling is brisk, with grave attendants willing to sell just about any part - no questions asked. Mention your request, and the attendant ventures into the burial area to dig out your 'order'.
 
But who are their regular customers? "Medical students and some others," say the attendants. But students say they borrow it from their seniors or buy from medical stores.
 
One student, however, said: "I know of a few people who go in for the cheapest deal and buy bones and other things, required from the burial grounds."

But medical college principals beg to differ. They say they don't expect their students to get corpses or human parts
 
But sales do go on. On Mysore Road, for instance, a bunch of teenagers take the order and haggle over the price while a kid rushes into the graves and digs out what you want.
But then the demand for a few parts is more than others. Ask for a set of jaws, and you will have to come back the next day. Economics works here too. A pair of lower and upper jaw is priced at Rs 150.
 
Further, with discounts being offered, the sellers ask if you need any more and whether you will come back. "Full body ethiduthivi; Shukrawara banni ." (We will have the body ready; come back on Friday.)
 
When asked how to ferry the whole body on a scooter, the grave attendants suggested: "Sir, naave pack mad koduthive ." (We will pack it up for you in gunny sacks.) " Jana autol thogond hogthare ." (People regularly come here and take them in autorickshaws.)
 
The irony is that at each burial ground we went, on the one hand we saw people mourning their lost ones, and on the other hand, graves were being dug and trade was flourishing.

When contacted, both police commissioner S Mariswamy and mayor P R Ramesh came out with stock replies: "We'll look into the matter."

 



Edited by Ashwirya Shetty - 30 September 2004 at 6:04pm

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Posted: 01 October 2004 at 11:20am | IP Logged
THIS IS SAD

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Posted: 01 October 2004 at 12:37pm | IP Logged

Not surprising though. It isn't the first time that people have dug up graves to study bone structure, etc. Archaeologists and anthropologists do it all the time. In fact, Leonardo da Vinci used to dig up corpses to study the human form and used those to draw some of his sketches like the Vitruvian Man.

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Posted: 02 October 2004 at 1:40am | IP Logged
it is sad..................unfortunately we also have a this kind of market over here in dhaka.............and some of my medical student friends once bought a human skull from there...............isn't it weird? Dead

Edited by chocolate - 02 October 2004 at 1:42am

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Posted: 04 October 2004 at 6:14am | IP Logged
No but it is sad because u do the buriel for ur love ones to rest in peice but u never know

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Posted: 10 November 2004 at 2:22am | IP Logged

I would like to disagree....

According to me, your body has a purpose, until there is life in it....
After that if people are using it to learn, to see (donating eyes) etc....I think it is good....

But, it is definitely wrong, if people use that as a business to earn money....

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Posted: 11 November 2004 at 4:07pm | IP Logged

VERY SAD AND SHAMEFUL!!!! I JUST HATE PEOPLE WHO DO THAT (BUY AND/OR SELL BONES FROME GRAVEYARD!) Angry!

 



Edited by vijay - 11 November 2004 at 6:10pm

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Posted: 11 November 2004 at 4:09pm | IP Logged
and mystica u r right but what anju said is also right!

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