Minister Harsh Vardhan has advocated a ban on sex education in schools on his
personal website drharshvardhan.com.
This is the second
time that the minister generates a controversy on the sensitive topic of
sexuality in India.
minister had set in a heated argument by commenting to New York Times that to
prevent AIDS, fidelity should be encouraged more than emphasizing the use of
doctor-turned-politician, Harsh Vardhan, had expressed his views in his
"vision" document for Delhi schools in the run-up to the Delhi elections 2013
when he was contending for the post of chief minister of Delhi as a BJP
candidate. The document read ""So-called
'sex education' to be banned. Yoga to be made compulsory."
His views also included laying strong emphasis on exposing students to
India's cultural traditions and encouraging musical training together with
dance and drama.
He also had laid stress on making Kothari Commission (1967) recommendations
on patriotism, health care, social consciousness and spirituality, dubbed four
pillars, as part and parcel of Delhi's school education system.
unable to be contacted since he is in the US, and his office said the comments
were the minister's own personal views.
spokesperson Sanjay Kaul said the issue of banning sex education in schools had
not been discussed on the party forum and they had no comments to offer.
activists are infuriated at the views of the health minister. Some of them labelled this as an attempt to
push RSS agenda.
point to a surge in the premarital sex in cities, which is an estimated 75% in
the age group of 18-24. In this
scenario, it becomes absolutely necessary to impart vital information about
sexually transmitted diseases and contraception in children.
"Children are attaining puberty at very early age
these days. By the age of 12-13 years, many children are sexually mature and
several teens are also sexually active. In such a scenario, it would be idiotic
to turn a blind eye to reality. Not only should parents speak to their children
about sex and the implications and responsibilities arising from it, schools too
should play an active role in imparting sex education to students,"
stressed an activist.