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The worldwide demand for human skeletons is great. In Western countries are quickly buried or cremated remains, and the few bodies to science are given, usually to the training of medical students and then incinerated. Twenty-two years after a ban on the export of human skeletons from India, the practice remains widely to be. The skeletons are often beneficial in Western settings correctly.


Until 1985 India was the largest exporter of human bones in the world with an estimated annual export of 60,000 skulls and skeletons. After the ban was more skeletons from China and Eastern Europe, but the quality turned out less. The big question fueling the illegal trade in human skeletons. In recent years, traders arrested in Egypt and Madagascar among others, but in India seems to practice the head to stabbing. The producers talk about different generations of the processing skeletons point made. First the bodies wrapped in mosquito nets and a long time immersed in a river, where fish and bacteria, a large part of the meat.

The bones are then geschrobd clean and boiled in a mixture of water and sodium hydroxide. The yellow bleached bones are finally in the Sunday The Indian police suspect that the trade in skeletons Purbasthali not an isolated case, but also in other remote areas still illicit trade in human remains remained the same. Twenty-two years after the ban are still widely performed skeletons. This is indicated by a report by investigative journalist Scott Carney, who three months of the skeletons trading card made. The two hundred year old chain started in remote Indian villages and ending in Western research and educational institutions. In the spring of this year disrupted the Indian police have a network in Purbasthali, a village about a hundred kilometers from Kolkata (Calcutta). Following a tip, the police raided two factories', where a huge stock of human remains found. Central figure was Mukti Biswa, a local 'skeletons Baron "whose network extends to neighboring Bangladesh.

The investigation shows that Biswa's secret activities were in the region. Villagers have complained several times about the pervasive stench of the bodies decomposed, but the government gave no response to. Between Traders shall ensure that the assembled bones of skeletons and make them ready for export. In some cases, medical signs affixed or pieces of the skull so that getting rid of the inside can be seen. Biswa denied that he had stolen bodies of cemeteries and claims that he has caught from the river or obtained had crematoria. Poor Indian families can not afford a cremation often and trust the bodies of deceased relatives so sometimes rivers, which often have a sacred status.

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