Bhopal: Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Thakur has once again found herself under the spotlight after claiming that she consumes cow urine every day which has protected her from contracting Covid-19.
“If we have desi gau mutra (urine from an indigenous cow) every day, then it cures lung infection from Covid. I am in deep pain but I take cow urine every day. So now, I don’t have to take any medicine against corona and I don’t have corona,” Thakur said at a party meeting.
“Cow urine is a life-saver,” she added.
A couple of years ago, Thakur had claimed that she was cured of cancer after consuming a mixture of cow urine and other cow-related products.
The MP from Bhopal was admitted to AIIMS Delhi last year after showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Despite Thakur’s insistence, doctors across the country have warned against alternative ‘cures’ for the coronavirus disease.
The Indian Medical Association has categorically denied any scientific evidence that backs the claims of cow urine or dung being effective in the battle against Covid-19.
“There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine boosts immunity against COVID-19,” IMA chief Dr. JA Jayalal told Reuters.
Thakur is one among a long line of BJP leaders who have peddled cow urine or dung as an alternative cure for coronavirus. Earlier this month, Surendra Singh, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh recommended consuming cow urine with a glass of cold water as it allegedly protected him from the deadly disease.
Back in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its nascent stage in India, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh urged a crowd at a gathering to drink cow urine to guard themselves against coronavirus.