Dozens of Hindu activists in India hosted a cow urine-drinking party. Some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party have claimed that cow urine and dung can prevent and cure COVID-19.
The chief of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) group hosted a cow urine-drinking event on Saturday in New Delhi, hoping that the practice staves off the coronavirus.
Many Hindus consider the cow to be sacred. Some leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party have advocated cow urine or cow dung for its “medicinal” properties.
“We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take a bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,” said Om Prakash, one of the party attendees.
Suman Harpriya, a legislator in the northeastern state of Assam, told state lawmakers during an assembly session on March 2 that cow urine and cow dung could be used to treat COVID-19.
Experts have repeatedly warned that cow urine and dung, as well as certain traditional medicines, does not cure illnesses such as COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, or cancer.
“There is no scientific validation that any of these traditional medicines work to prevent coronavirus,” virologist and traditional medicine researcher Debprasad Chattopadhyay told Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency. “Cow dung and urine are waste material, there is no test that validates or proves they are good for us,” he said.
COVID-19 currently has no known scientific cure and governments worldwide are struggling to contain the rapid spread of the pandemic which has so far killed over 5,000 people.
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