Opposition BJP in Goa today demanded a ban on the TV advertisements of contraceptive pills, saying they were hindering AIDS prevention campaign.
"On one side you promote use of condom to prevent HIV, on the other side the contraceptive pill advertisements promote unsafe sex," Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said in the Legislative Assembly.
Raising the issue during the Question Hour, BJP legislators sought the state's intervention to ban such commercials, claiming they tempt the young towards sex.
"Contraceptive is supposed to be used by married couples and is not meant to be misused. The advertisements can be restricted or stopped altogether," Parrikar said.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane termed the issue as sensitive. He said the government's efforts to create awareness amongst youth about the dreaded disease face hurdles as many schools refuse to entertain anti-AIDS programmes.
Damodar Naik (BJP) said the situation on AIDS front was alarming and is worsening with the promotion of contraceptive pills. "Union Health Ministry should be asked to ban these advertisements."
Speaker Pratapsingh Rane suggested that mandatory HIV testing before marriage may be contemplated by the government.
Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said such a move was not feasible as many may find it as an encroachment on privacy.