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This Sperm Counts

This Sperm Counts

Indians with a fetish for a fair child find the perfect answer: some firangi sperm

This Sperm Counts Narendra Bisht

What Indian Couples Want

These are the characteristics couples coming to fertility clinics ask for, fuelling the trend for foreign sperm:

  • Fair skin
  • Lighter hair
  • Blue/green or light eyes
  • High IQ levels

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Abroad Spectrum
  • In China, the rich and the famous, the brainy and the beautiful are being called upon to contribute to the nation’s development by donating their sperm
  • A Californian millionaire set up 'The Genius Bank' or 'The Nobel Prize Sperm Bank' in 1980 which had Nobel laureates as donors
  • Sperm banks in the US regularly provide sperm of star athletes, musicians, rock stars and students from the country’s best colleges

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The Indian obsession with 'white skin' begins early these days. Now, childless Indian couples aspiring for offspring have a large roster of demands: fairer skin, light hair and blue/green eyes. And they're thronging sperm banks and fertility centres across the country looking for "firangi" donors to ensure they get it. So, foreigners visiting India or residing here are being tapped for gametes—to beget, by proxy, children with lighter skin pigment and eye tone. "We get about 10-15 requests every day for fair babies," says Dr Anoop Gupta of the Delhi In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Fertility Research Centre. "They include almost all couples from South India and a large number of nris ."
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