Indian Farmer, 96, Claims to Be World’s Oldest New Dad

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0  Updated at 9:03 am, October 17th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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David De Lossy/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — A 96-year-old farmer in India says that he has set the record for the world’s oldest new dad — for the second time.

Ramjit Raghav and his 52-year-old wife Shakuntala Devi, who live in Haryana, 31 miles northwest of Delhi, welcomed baby Ranjeet earlier this month.  The healthy baby boy was born on Oct. 5, according to The Times of India.

Raghav has now beaten his own record for being the world’s oldest new dad, which he set two years ago when he and Devi welcomed their first son together,  Vikramajeet.  Raghav credits his healthy sex drive at his advanced age for the two late-in-life children, and says it was all natural.

“I didn’t take any performance enhancers … I just prayed to go to complete my family, either a boy or a girl,” the nonagenarian said in an interview posted online.

Raghav’s age is recorded in the Haryana government’s social welfare department as 96 years old, The Times reported.  Those records could not be confirmed by ABC News.

Raghav told The Times of India that he remained a bachelor and was celibate throughout most of his life until he met Devi 10 years ago.

“After staying together, we decided to extend our family and aspired for two sons.  With God’s grace, our wish has been fulfilled,” Raghav said.

Raghav told The Times that he credits his vivacity to his diet and lifestyle.  He says he has been a teetotaler and strict vegetarian his entire life.

The world’s previous oldest dad was thought to be Indian farmer Nanu Ram Jog, who reportedly had his 21st child at the age of 90.

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