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Condoms can lead to promiscuity?

After the whole furor of promoting condom usage, another problem that has surfaced is that contraceptives will encourage promiscuous behaviour.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 20:05 IST

After the whole furor of promoting condom usage, another problem that has surfaced is that contraceptives will encourage promiscuous behaviour.

Many organizations in Uttar Pradesh are opposing the idea of installing Condom Vending Machines (CVMs) in colleges, public toilets, shopping malls and other public places.

There are strong protests also against the recent Condom Show that was organized in Lucknow and other places to promote use of condoms. Unions like Hindu Jagran Manch, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal feel that by setting up such machines, Indians would be encouraging promiscuity. Even some educational institutions have opposed the move.

However, expert who are in favour of safe sex say using condoms will not only help in checking population but would also go a long way in the curbing a menace like AIDS.

Interestingly Dr Meera Mehrotra, Joint Director Uttar Pradesh AIDS Control Society, thinks that protests by organizations are justified because if condom vending machines were installed, youngsters would be tempted to indulge in such acts. "At present social and religious traditions restrict them from doing so," she stated.

However, according to a survey done in the state, youngsters came out in full support of condom use. "We are not opposed to the idea at all It's only the oldies, their genes have become useless," a girl, from Isabella Thoburn College, was quoted as saying.

On the other hand, the UP unit of the All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) thinks that if such vending machines are installed then every third boy/girl will be running after condoms to have sex.

Now, the situation is such that the authorities are in a fix whether to agree with the opposition from conservatives or carry on with the installation of condom vending machines?

Professor AK Tripathi, in-charge of HIV and AIDS Cell, of the King George's Medical University says, "It is a very sensible move and people opposing it must be educated enough to accept it. It is so silly that we are creating a ruckus over something baseless."

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 20:05 IST