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14:00 Thu Mar 8 2012
By MSN NZ staff

An Indian family with 10 albino members is vying for official recognition from the Guinness Book of Records.

Both Roseturai Pullan, 50, and his wife Mani, 45, have white hair, pale skin and poor eyesight because of a genetic disorder, which they have passed on to their children, The Sun reports.

Their three sons and three daughters, aged between 18 and 25, all have albinism, as well as their son-in-law and two-year-old grandson.

The family live in a one-bedroom apartment in Delhi, where they are often looked upon as foreigners.

"I've heard people call us 'angrez', which means 'English'," Mr Pullan was quoted as saying.

"It's hard for people to understand we're born and bred Indian."

After having her first child, Mrs Pullan went to hospital to get a hysterectomy.

"I didn't want my children to suffer as we did, but the doctor got scared just looking at me and sent me home," she said.

"I never went back and have had many children, all with albinism.

"Now I see it as a gift from God."

Albinism is a defect of melanin production that sees the body produce little or no pigment in the skin, eyes and hair.