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British survey on soap usage called off in Kerala

 Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 10 : A bathing soap-related survey being conducted for Britain-based organisations in a coastal hamlet near the Thiruvananthapuram international airport in Kerala was called off Saturday after protests by residents.

The survey on health and sanitation involved distribution of soaps, with embedded electronic chips, to respondents near Bheemapally.

Speaking to IANS, C.K. Manoj, a sub-inspector attached to Poonthura police station, said that the survey has been stopped.

“A research organisation which was entrusted the task of survey on health and sanitation for more than one Britain-based organisations had contacted residents,” said Manoj.

After the surveyors explained to them that a chip was kept inside the soap, they also got the vilalgers’ declarations that they were aware of the chip, said Manoj.

“But later these residents came to us. We also called the people who were doing the survey and they told us that everything was explained to them and they had given their declaration. Since the respondents expressed reservations, the survey was called off,” said Manoj.

He pointed out that the study was done to ascertain sanitation aspects and the respondents were supposed to use the soap for five days.

“The study team agreed to withdraw because the residents raised a concern. All the issues have been sorted out and things are fine,” said Manoj.

The survey team planned to return after five days and collect the used soaps from respondents to download information about using habits. The chips were to be inserted in a card reader to generate a graph.

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