What is the current scenario around Sex-Ed in India?

India Nov 15, 2020

Lack of Sex-Ed in school

Public discussion of topics of sex or sex-related topic is widely considered taboo within the Indian society, therefore acting as a barrier to the delivery of adequate and effective sexual education to Indian adolescents.

But what is Sex Education ?

Education-related to sexual intercourse, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and education of sexual hygiene, or is it more than that?

Why don't we get Sex-Ed in school or colleges?

Sex education at school/college level has attracted strong objections and apprehension from all areas of the society, including parents, teachers, and politicians, with its provision being banned in six states that are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka. The Legislators of these states contended that it might/will corrupt the youth and offends “Indian values,” leading to promiscuity, experimentation, and irresponsible sexual behaviour. Some opponents argue that sex education has no place in a country like India with its rich cultural traditions.

Mass media and sex-Ed

Mass media has had a highly influential, yet mixed impact, on the Indian way of life. By helping to bring sexual topics into discussions through the help of mediums like television, radio, and the internet, it has allowed recognition of the urgent need to address the misinformed or uninformed youth. With studies showing that majority of parents don't accept the responsibility for providing sex education to their kids, with 88% of the male and 58% of the female students in colleges reporting that they didn’t receive any form of sex education or related talk from their parents. Majority of the information they gathered was from books, magazines, youth counsellors, and pornography.

What can we do?

For starters, we have to take sex education much more seriously than we do and work on developing a comprehensive sex-ed curriculum that works for India. It would also be nice and helpful if all children, parents, and teachers are involved in creating and designing this curriculum.

The emphasis should be on developing a healthy sexual attitude among young adults and youngsters, giving them and their parents access to the proper information that empowers them to make right and informed decisions. Without access to information, children in schools will address friends, magazines, the web, and porn, which could lead to a confused understanding of sex.

We have to start out normalizing conversations around sexual health and sexual education, connecting it to respect, consent, safety, and love, so that this generation will make far healthier choices when it comes to sex and sexuality.

This article has been written by Siddhesh Patil for The Paradigm

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