Sex education continues to be elusive in India. A few months ago, a parliamentary committee on petitions rejected the new Adolescence Education Programme, a comprehensive sex education programme proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. India’s “social and cultural ethos are such that sex education has absolutely no place in it”, the committee huffed. Naturopathy and ayurveda should be taught instead.
Meanwhile, teenage girls continue to get married and become pregnant. According to the National Family Health Survey III, nearly half of women in India get married before the age of 18. More than 50% of children said they had faced one or more forms of sexual abuse, according to a 2007 study by the ministry of women and child development. They have neither the knowledge nor the means to protest or handle it adequately.
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