Thiruvananthapuram: Around 2500 km from Delhi, a village has garnered international attention for producing maximum number of twins than anywhere else in the world. The story is of Kerala’s Mallapuram’s Kodinhi village. Scientists are also confused over this phenomenon. More than 400 twin children have been born in this village. Scientists have not been able to find out what is there in the air and water of this land that such a thing was happening to them. In 2008, 15 twins were born in this village.
In the last five years alone up to 60 pairs of twins have been born – with the rate of twins increasing year-on-year. Local doctor and twin enthusiast Dr Krishnan Sribiju has been studying the medical marvel of Kodinhi for the past two years.
Although 220 sets of twins have been officially registered in the village Dr Sribiju believes the real number to be far higher. ‘In my medical opinion there are around 300 to 350 twins within the village boundaries of Kodinhi,’ he said. What is fascinating is the increasing numbers of twins with each passing year, so much so that I feel in the past ten years the number of twins in Kodinhi has doubled.
According to villagers, the twin phenomenon only started occurring three generations ago. Dr Sribiju can barely contain his excitement discussing the possible scientific implications of the village.
To the best of my knowledge this medical marvel began somewhere between 60 to 70 years ago. Without access to detailed biochemical analysis equipment I cannot say for certain what the reason for the twinning is, but I feel that it is something to do with what the villagers eat and drink.
‘If that is the case then maybe whatever is causing this exceptional level of twinning can be bottled and provide help for infertile couples.’ Categorising the twin phenomenon as a naturally occurring anomaly, Dr Sribiju has ruled out genetic factors as the cause due to the localised nature of the village.
He also dismisses any suggestion that the unusual level of twins could be caused by an unknown pollutant pointing to the high number of healthy twins born without any deformities.