Sex-Ed In India: Why is India so sensitive when it comes to sex-ed

Sex-ed in India

Sex-Ed In India: ‘Sex’ is a word, which still in many families and societies is a tabu. Since Indian society used to be too much male-dominated. Sex used to be understood as the right of males only female role was not considered at all or sex used to be the source of having babies only. Prostitutes used to be the source of enjoyment. 

Sex-Ed In India: Gradually the time changed ‘Education’ came into existence people became aware of family planning. Little bit sex was being discussed in people that too secretly. When the corruption increased, adolescent sex, rapes, early puberty became active in the society people opened up and started discussing with their children. When the majority of girls started going to school, some of the chapters of biology related to human reproduction, changes in the body were introduced. “Sex education is defined as a broad program that aims to build a strong foundation for lifelong sexual health by acquiring information and attitudes, beliefs, and values about one’s identity, relationships, and intimacy.

Sex-Ed In India: Sexual health is considered to be a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity as defined by the ‘WHO’.”If we think minutely when the child is an infant the sex education starts at home only by mother when she bathes and cleans the baby carefully thoroughly and when the child grows she guide the child to clean the private parts properly. But when the child enters adolescence no one guides him/her. He picks up some information from the peer group which is not proper, tries to experiment, and as such gets prey on wrong practices.

So along with parents, it should become the school’s responsibility also to educate and guide them in the right manner. India has the largest adolescent population  ( with more than 50% of the adolescent population living in urban areas).

Sex-Ed In India: To introduce sex education in Indian schools still taboo. There has been a constant claim that the incorporation of sex education will increase ‘risky-behavior’ amongst adolescents and young students. A few years back NCERT announced the launch of the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) in schools. In response, 13 states immediately called for a ban on it on the grounds that it is “against Indian culture”. NCERT rather was willing to start sex education right from grade 1 itself. Their motive was to educate the child step by step from the beginning, so that child in his adolescence feels and listens to the change all of a sudden. 

Sex-Ed In India: Actually our Indian society should understand that “Sex education “is an education that educates and informs young individuals about sex, sexual health, sexuality, and sexual rights in age and appropriate manner. It increases their awareness of their own body and that of the opposite gender.
With blind eyes, our youth is following the western culture, so at this time there is an urgent need to Introduce sex education in India.

By Sadhna Khanna

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