When village elders in Haryana blamed male hormonal imbalances caused by chow mein for a proliferation of rapes in the state, you may have thought, “Now, I’ve heard everything.”
You were wrong.
It turns out that a Class VI textbook has gone a few steps further, blaming dietary habits of a different kind for all sorts of vile human behaviour. The scapegoats are meat-eaters.
“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,” news channel NDTV cites the textbook as saying. Well, the non-vegetarians can take consolation from the fact that they have been spared the blame for global warming, for one thing. Going by the author’s reasoning, India should be one of the most peaceful societies, given its people are largely vegetarian. So where do all those statistics about rising crime come from?