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Karnataka: No free condoms at govt hospital, youth protests

13 Jul 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
A protest for condoms at Karnataka hospital

A government hospital at Tumkur in Karnataka saw a unique protest. Ganesh, a Chikkamagalur native, sat on a protest at the hospital when he discovered they weren't providing free condoms.

He had gone to meet his wife in Tiptur, but decided to make a detour to the hospital to get some condoms.

However, authorities indifferently told him miscreants had stolen the hospital's condom dispenser.

In context: A protest for condoms at Karnataka hospital

13 Jul 2017Karnataka: No free condoms at govt hospital, youth protests

DetailsGanesh managed to move the indifferent authorities

Then Ganesh went on a protest, demanding a dispenser be set up immediately. "HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are fast spreading. Condom dispensers are a must at government hospitals," he explained.

He didn't move despite efforts to budge him.

Finally, staff had to purchase condoms from a medical shop and give them to him for free.

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