Will the ‘Sex Toy’ condom be banned in India?
The ‘Crezendo’ condom marketed by Hindustan Latex (ironically a government company) is stirring up plenty of controversy in Madhya Pradesh. The condom was launched all over India about three months ago…and then suddenly the MP government realised that the condom is a ‘sex toy’ and wanted it banned. Well, it may be banned, but only in MP. Until now there are no signs of any protest anywhere else in India (hope I am not speaking too soon!) and the condom will not be banned elsewhere. In fact just yesterday the Union Health Minister, A Ramadoss reiterated that the condom would in fact be promoted in all the states as it was “one of his missions.’
So whats the big deal about the condom? Well, it has vibrating rings. and these rings according to some politicians make the condom a sex toy….and its alright for condoms to be sold as long as they don’t give pleasure…! But then what about the flavoured condoms being sold in the market…should they be banned too?
Sex toys and pornography are banned in India…but condoms should not fall into the category of sex toys…specially as the sale of condoms has been falling in India. Considering that India already has the second largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world (some say the largest) this is a dangerous sign. Everything needs to be done to promote condoms. A condom (which some people believe reduces sexual pleasure) is a necessary modern invention….and new product attributes essential to promote its use.
And even if this condom is a sex toy, so what??? Perhaps its time to legalise some type of sex toys.
God and in fact nature, has made sure that human beings experience pleasure while having sex and it is this which has ensured the continuity of the human race. The ancient text of Kamasutra has referred to various types of sex toys. Pleasure and sex are intertwined…our ancients knew it and ofcourse we know it too but there are some who want to pretend that sexual pleasure is immoral. Why? Because a lot of these so called moral guardians have mistresses and ‘keeps’ and some of them probably engage in perverted sex as well…therefore for them sexual pleasure is clandestine and ‘dirty.’ For them sexual pleasure must mean hurting their families…
The only positive side to this controversy is that these condoms have got more publicity than the marketers ever dreamed of! No one is talking about it yet, but I ‘m sure the sales of this condom must have zoomed across India!
(photo credits: bbc)