After currency, condoms on India-Nepal smugglers’ list

KATHMANDU: 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.

Times of India

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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