15 Nov '11, 5pm

#Nepal convicted 19 villagers over murder of farmers re fight over a prized aphrodisiac plant - "Himalayan Viagra"

#Nepal convicted 19 villagers over murder of farmers re fight over a prized aphrodisiac plant - "Himalayan Viagra"

KATHMANDU - A court in Nepal has convicted 19 villagers over the murder of a group of farmers during a fight over a prized aphrodisiac plant dubbed the "Himalayan Viagra", an official said Tuesday. Seven farmers were killed in the remote northern district of Manang in June 2009 after going to forage for Yarchagumba (pictured), a rare parasitic plant that is a major source of income for many Himalayan communities. The accused claimed the farmers died accidentally when a fight broke out over the right to harvest the plant, which is in particular demand in China where a kilogramme can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. The valley near the border with China where the victims went missing in June 2009 is among the most remote parts of Nepal, and it was several weeks before authorities learned of the deaths. "Six have been found guilty of murder," Shambhu Baral, a court registr...

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