Sunday, August 08, 2004

Condom use India style?

This interesting little ditty comes to courtesy of the DECCAN HERALD via Living In India.

The little rubber balloon is making waves, although, for all the wrong reasons. The condom is not serving the purpose it was originally designed to. It is, instead, being used to make — believe it or not— waterproof roofs and roads and Banarasi saris in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a report prepared by Prof Ramakant of King Georges’ Medical University and presented at an international medical conference in Bangkok some time ago, barely 20 to 25 per cent of condoms produced in the country are used in sexual activity while the remaining are used for commercial purposes and this explains the increase in HIV cases despite promotional and awareness campaigns advocating safe sex.

If the condom is not being used for the purpose of safe sex, it is clear that safe sex is not being practised by a large section of the population, says Dr Ramakant. In the urban areas, condoms are being purchased in bulk by civil contractors and then mixed with concrete and tar for laying roads. The latex in condoms mixes with the concrete and the road surface not only becomes smooth but also resistant to cracks.

Similarly, on roofs, contractors are spreading condoms on the layer beneath the cement plaster. As heat penetrates, the condom spreads out to make a waterproof layer that prevents water seepage through the roof. Condoms are also used in large quantities in the manufacture of Banarasi saris. Weavers in Varanasi, for years now, have been using the lubricant in the condom to polish up the zari designs and impart gossamer-like quality to the finished product.


Blogger Hawkins Hamilton said...

Oh dear god. Do they treat them like that in any other country? Why doesn't someone just produce condom material for industrial purposes?

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