Eating meat makes you steal and commit sex crimes: Indian textbook

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:19am


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 they "easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, are dishonest, use bad words, steal, fight and commit sex crimes".

The book 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.

Its 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," the book said.

NDTV said the text was published by a reputed printing firm, S Chand. The chief of India's Central Board for Secondary Education said books were chosen by individual schools and not monitored for content.

Despite a culture of vegetarianism and a religious taboo over eating beef, Indians are consuming more meat as the country's economy grows and consumers become better-travelled.