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Condom awakening at Ardh Kumbh

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 20:38 IST
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Apart from the spiritual awakening, the Ardha Kumbh mela this time has something bizarre to offer.

The Mela administration has planned to organize a condom show on a large scale to enlighten the masses from different sections of the society including prostitutes about the deadly Aids. Around eight crore people are expected to attend the mela this time.

The show is expected to be held at Ardha Kumbh mela ground on the banks of Holy sangam in Allahabad after ascertaining the views of a cross section of saints.

During the month long Ardh Kumbh, more than eight crore people are expected to assemble.

Numerous saints of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parshad (organizaion of various religious denominations) would be sharing knowledge about Aids and the advantages of using condom during the Ardha Kumbh.

Bollywood playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan who would be performing at Kumbh mela will also spread alertness about the deadly disease.

The administration thinks that condom campaign will also enlighten the prostitutes, as a large number of prostitutes from far flung corners of the country are expected to take bath in the Sangam to wash off their sins.

Regardless of this, many saints are finding the condom campaign repulsive as they live life of celibacy and the word sex is aberrant for them.

But Baba Gyan Das of the Akhara Parishad feels, most of the saints would welcome the advertisement- "Bindas Bol Condom". He also adds that "hum vyabhichariyon se ghrina karte hain magar humko unki madad bhi karni chahiye" (we hate those who visit prostitutes but we must also help them).

The government has however banned posters stating: "Sambhog keval patni sangh, agar gair ke sang to condom ke sang" (Have sex only with wife, but if you are having another woman use condom).

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