The Union Health Minister Wants To Ban Sex Education In Schools. Want To Know What We Think About It?
We were expecting ‘acche din’ when Modi came into power, but thanks to our Union Health Minister it looks like that won’t be happening anytime soon. Here’s why.
Morals To Prevent Aids
Our Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, recently made the following comments.
“Condoms promise safe sex, but the safest sex is through faithfulness to one’s partner. Prevention is always better than cure.”
Yes, we’ll wait till you blink and read that again. Why don’t our ministers understand that this is totally giving out the wrong message? Dr Vardhan seems to believe that using condoms is something that cannot go hand-in-hand with fidelity in marriage. But what about STDs that may cause cancer and unwanted pregnancies? Whether in a monogamous relationship or not, condoms offer 97 percent protection from AIDS, STDs and pregnancy. They are the ideal way for birth control as opposed to pills that can have an adverse effect. And let’s just say that we need to start using condoms in a population of one billion people, where abortion isn’t completely legal.
Additionally, he said that he wanted to promote fidelity as ‘a part of Indian culture’. The aim is to deter people from having illicit relationships. But here’s a thought: isn’t child marriage STILL a part of our culture in the rural areas? And how is it wrong to adopt safe-sex culture from the West? How are morals and culture the ‘safest’ way to prevent AIDS? If that’s the case, then the ‘morality’ angle should be used to control the population. Besides, the definition of morality is subjective. Let’s just say that we are appalled to know he is a real doctor!
Ban Sex Education In Schools
He also recently crossed the threshold of regressive thinking by stating this in his Vision Document: “So-called ‘sex education’ to be banned. Value Education will be integrated with course content. Yoga should be made compulsory,” You can view the full document here.
We would like to ask Dr Harsh Vardhan what exactly he was thinking.
a. Will not talking about sex reduce it?
b. Considering we live in country with a one billion population and logistical issues of managing the population, wouldn’t it be better if children got the education early on?
c. The average age of puberty is no longer 15 to 16—it has come down to 12 to 13 over the years. Wouldn’t it help for teens to know about this at an early stage than use other mediums like pornography and personal curiosity?
In fact, in our country where rape and crimes against women are high, it is essential that proper education regarding sex is imparted. Besides, there is a growing problem of paedophilia and underage sex that needs to be addressed with young children and teens. Sex education is not just about the science of the body; it also deals with understanding puberty and emotions, sexual choices, mutual consent and freedom.
With the Internet the exposure is at the maximum, and we don’t want our children to get incomplete, incorrect information. Then why the taboo? In fact, the conservative rural pockets of the country may not be able to offer any sexual education at home, so schools are the only place for the children to be fully aware. When the entire world is encouraging parents, teachers and adults to have ‘the talk’ with their children, why are we trying to shove it under the mattress?
Just to clarify, neither the minister nor the government have currently called for the ban. But these statements do leave us unsure of the future of our country.
We are so sick and tired of ministers using a national platform to make such regressive statements. The previous minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad had stated that homosexuality is a disease!
We hope that there is some action taken against this and we see ‘acche din’ in its true sense.
This is our take on the current scenario; what do you think? Do vote and comment—we would like to get a fresh perspective on this.
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