Incredible India! Screams the popular tagline of an international tourism campaign conducted by the Government of India.
New Delhi, Sep 20: Incredible India! Screams the popular tagline of an international tourism campaign conducted by the Government of India.
Going by some of the incidents which keep happening around the county, the tag is definitely more than justified.
However, what probably takes the cake is a strange belief among cab drivers in the Delhi-NCR region that they are supposed to carry condoms in their cars at all times.
A lot of cab drivers in the Delhi-NCR region keep condom packets in their cars, firm in their belief that it is mandatory and they could be fined if found travelling without them.
“Recently. I was challaned for not keeping condoms with me. Ever since, I am very careful,” a cab driver was quoted as saying by TOI.
That belief is not backed up by the official rule book.
According to the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules (1993), every “stage carriage” and “contract carriage” (the permit given to taxis) shall carry a first aid box containing sterilized finger dressing, hand or foot dressing, body dressing (one extra large), two large and three small burn dressings, two 15 grams packets of cotton wool, a bottle of 2 per cent tincture iodine, sal volatile, an empty bottle fitted with dropper for the eyes and a medicine glass.
The guidelines have no mention of condoms, nor does the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
The drivers don't have the faintest idea why they are supposed to carry condoms in their vehicles and offer some incredulous explanations when asked about a possible reason.
“It is compulsory for all public service vehicles to carry three condoms at all times, which is kept inside the first aid box,” Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi president Kamaljeet Gill was quoted as saying by TOI.
“In case a person starts bleeding, the condom can be used to stop it. Similarly, if someone has a fracture, a condom can be tied around the area until he reaches a hospital,” he added.
"There are nonmedical benefits of condoms as well. It can hold up to three litres of liquid.”
Incredible India indeed.
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