Village of thousands twins seeks veil of privacy

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MALAPPURAM: Kodinhi is a village in Malappuram district in Kerala, India. The village is known globally for higher rate of twins births, are struggling to keep their privacy. They are often facing international media and medical researchers.

There are many complaints of videography and interviewing of twins in schools and public places without permission. This has now forced the local authorities to impose restrictions on such activities for the sake of child privacy.
A meeting of Nannambra grama panchayat council on Tuesday observed that the complaints are of serious nature and decided to form a special committee to prevent the exploitation. Elected representatives, eminent persons from the village and parents of twins would be members of the committee. A meeting of parents of twin children would be convened on January 15 prior to the formation of the committee.

A week ago, an attempt of ad film by a group was stopped and triggered controversy featuring twins in the village for a multinational company.

Panchayat president Muhammed Hasan on Wednesday said no one can ignore the basic right of a person to privacy. “We cannot allow anyone to feature the children without the permission of their parents. Here after, the permission of special committee to be formed by the panchayat would be mandatory for interviewing and photographing twins. The committee will not grant permission without valid reason and consent of parents,” he said.

The village entered international spotlight after a survey recorded the presence of unusually large number of twins in Kodinhi. The village with an area of 4 square km has around 500 pairs of twins among a population of 20,000.
According to parents there are even agents and middle men active in the region who arranges meetings with twins by collecting money from study teams from other states and abroad.

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