Aphrodisiacal herbs with objectionable names like ‘herb for having sex with many girls’, ‘herb for having sexual prowess like a horse’ and ‘girl remains under control through sex’ are being sold at the five-day International Herbal Fair that started here on Friday, embarrassing the women who visit the fair.
The event is being organised by the forest department and Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce (Trade and Development) Co-operative Federation Ltd. When HT visited the fair, at one stall, it found scores of coloured packets with objectionable names being sold without any hassle.
The seller, who claimed that he operated from Indore and Mumbai, even gave a visiting card to HT, stating that most of the medicines were related to various sexual aliments and weaknesses.
Many visitors, especially the women, who stopped by the stall to check the names on the packets, could not believe that such objectionable claims were being made through herbal medicines in an international fair organised by the state government.
“This is ridiculous and so embarrassing. We come to an event which is being promoted as an international herbal fair by the state government. You don’t expect such stuff being sold here under the very nose of the government. It is so derogatory. I want the CM to get such stalls removed from the fair at the earliest,” said Monica Sharma, (22), a resident of Subash Nagar.
This is not the first time that sellers making controversial claims have found space in the fair organised by the government. In May last year, a controversial claim was made at the Bhopal Science Fair that Agnihotra Yagyna could protect one from the deadly Methyl Isocynate (MIC), popularly known as Bhopal gas.
In February this year, again at Bhopal Science Fair organised by MP Council of Science and Technology (MPCST) in collaboration with Vigyan Bharti, it was being claimed that ‘cow urine can act as a protection against cancer and other 108 diseases’.
What govt has to say?
“We are not aware about such objectionable stuff on display at the fair. We will surely look into the matter on Saturday and take appropriate action. I admit it is quite derogatory to put such medicines with objectionable names on display. We were busy with the inauguration today, but such a thing will not be allowed,” said MK Sinha, additional managing director, Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce (Trade and Development) Co-operative Federation Ltd.