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Indian family of 10 to set record for world's biggest albino clan

London, Wed, 07 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 7 (ANI): An Indian couple along with eight other family members are set to land a Guinness World Record, as the biggest albino clan in the world.


The family, headed by white-skinned couple Roseturai Pullan, 50, and wife Mani, 45, stays in a crammed one-bedroom flat in Delhi.


All the members have pale skin, white hair and poor vision, a side effect of being albinos.


While sons Vijay, 25, Shankar, 24 and Ramkishan, 19, and daughters Renu, 23, Deepa, 21 and Pooja, 18, have inherited their albinism.


Renu had wed another albino Rosheh, 27, and their two-year-old son Dharamraj also has the condition.


"I've heard people call us 'angrez', which means 'English'. It's hard for people to understand we're born and bred Indian," the Sun quoted Roseturai as saying.


"All we know is that we can't see properly, and we can't sit under the sun for long, but we live the best we can," he said.


Roseturai and Mani had an arranged marriage in 1983. They moved from Tamil Nadu in southern India to Delhi, where Roseturai sells eggs from a stall.


"Our parents thought it best we marry as we were 'the same'. In South India we were told if you marry a person with albinism it signals good luck and riches," he said.


"Well, that hasn't been true of us yet. We had a very tough life, especially in the South where people thought we had a disease and treated us like outsiders.


"People in Delhi are a little more open-minded, but many think we're foreigners."


"Albinism won't get us down," he said.


Mani revealed that she had gone to a hospital for a hysterectomy after her first child was born, determined not to bring any more albinos into the world.


"I didn't want my children to suffer as we did, but the doctor got scared just looking at me and sent me home. I never went back and have had many children, all with albinism. Now I see it as a gift from god," she explained.


"I was teased and called various names as I grew up. It made me cry so many times. It's hard living as we do in a country like India, but we're still happy now," she added.


She said their children, who all went to a school for the blind and use a magnifier to read, have reconciled to their fate and have already accepted that they will not get good jobs due to their sight problems.


"I'm qualified to work with computers, but my vision means a job is hard to find." He added that when he has saved enough to wed he wants to have an albino wife," oldest son Vijay said.


"It's easier if I marry a girl with the same condition as me. I just need to find her," he said.


Guinness World Records has said that their staff would be contacting the Pullans to verify the record.


The family is looking forward to global recognition.


"We're a great family so it'd be nice for people to know who we are," Roseturai added. (ANI)


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