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Monday, August 9

Condom industry line
Many condoms in India are
used for industrial purposes.

Condoms Oil Wheels of Industry
The Indian city of Varanasi is getting through around 600,000 condoms a day, but this is no population control exercise. Instead, condoms are being used to make waterproof roofs and roads and Banarasi saris.

The latex in condoms mixes with concrete to make road surfaces smooth and 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. In the garment industry, some weavers registered with fake identities to get their hands on the precious prophylactics that soften fabrics and make the process of weaving faster.

Professor Ramakant of King Georges Medical College estimates that only 20 to 25 percent of condoms produced in the HIV-infested country are used in sexual

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