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Meat bad for morals, says Indian textbook

Posted on November 17, 2012, Saturday

MUMBAI: The pros and cons of meat-eating may be the subject of debate for nutritionists, but one Indian school textbook is clear: a fleshy diet will make you lie, steal and even commit sex crimes.

The unusual moral guidance appeared in a school book for 11-year-olds, purporting to offer education on issues from health and hygiene to sex education and exercise, the NDTV news channel reported.

On a page about non-vegetarians, the book said that they “easily cheat, tell lies, they forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes”.

It also claimed that “it is the waste products which largely produce the flavour of meat”, and praised the Japanese for their vegetarian diet – failing to mention their love of seafood.

The book’s marriage advice was also questionable, suggesting women should find a husband between the ages of 18 and 25.

“To get married without a bad name is a dream of every young girl,” it said. – AFP

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