Sunday, August 15, 2004

India's Condoms Pop Up in the Strangest Places

THE AGE, AUSTRALIA - Millions of the condoms distributed free in India to combat AIDS and a soaring population are being used for other purposes such as waterproofing roofs, reinforcing roads and even polishing saris, say health workers. In fact, only a quarter of the 1.5 billion condoms manufactured each year in India were being "properly utilized", said a report by doctors at King George's Medical University in Lucknow.

According to two university reports, rural villagers have used them as disposable water containers to wash, after relieving themselves in the fields. India's military have covered gun and tank barrels with condoms as protection against dust. Of the 891 million condoms meant to be handed out free, a considerable proportion were acquired by road-building contractors who mixed them with concrete and tar and used the mixture to construct roads, rendering road surfaces smooth and resistant to cracks.

Builders spread a bed of condoms beneath cement plastering on roofs, ingeniously preventing water seepage during the monsoon rains. Weavers in Varanasi used around 200,000 condoms a day to lubricate their looms and to polish the gold and silver thread used to embroider the saris they produced. Sari maker Yusuf Bhai said they purchased the condoms from agents, who reportedly acquired them from agencies involved in family planning and AIDS prevention schemes.


At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHA........further proof of the ingenuity of Indians. Part of our slow plan to take over the world (as I write, Vijay Singh has furthered that plan, winning the PGA Championship). Must be in the ancestral blood!! :)



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