After currency, condoms on India-Nepal smugglers’ list

January 31st, 2009 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Jan 31 (IANS) After drugs and counterfeit Indian currency, smugglers operating in India and Nepal through the open border between the two countries have now added a new commodity to their list - condoms.The new crime came to light after Indian police recently came across two suitcases stuffed with condoms at the railway station in border town Rupaidiya, Nepal’s official media said Saturday.

Several health institutions and NGOs have been distributing condoms free of cost in Nepal in a bid to raise awareness about safe sex practices and arrest the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as sexually transmitted diseases.

However, the distribution and vigilance parts of the operation being weak, the freebies are being collected by some people to be sold in Indian towns across the border.

Nepal’s official news agency Rastriya Samachar Samiti said Indian police have registered a case.

Condom smuggling is rampant in Banke district in south Nepal where besides all government health posts, over 50 NGOs working in the health sector distribute them free.

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