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Health minister's 'no sex education' views attracts severe criticism
Double controversy has now surrounded Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Just a couple of days after he emphasised on fidelity over condoms to prevent AIDS, now there is yet another controversy in his name after he gave his opinion on sex education in schools.

Harsh Vardhan in an article on his website had said that in schools sex education should be banned. He had said that there was a need to integrate value education with course content and put strong emphasis on exposing students to India's cultural relations.

However, the latest update is that the health minister has now clarified that his views were misrepresented and he was not against sex education.

In India 'Sex' is a word which has a taboo attached with it and the parents in the country are both shy and unenthusiastic about discussing anything about the word 'sex' with their children. But with the rising sex related crimes in the country, sex education has become the need of the hour, feels many.

Should there be sex education given in schools or not, and what should be the way of imparting sex education, is a long debate. However, it looks Dr. Harsh Vardhan has stirred up hornet's nest with his latest views on sex education, as his party too kept itself away from what he said. Those who are related with education system in the country directly or indirectly, too have opposed Harsh Vardhan's views.

Dr. Acharya, Ex-Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya

As far as I am concerned I don't defer partially. Because this new generation is well aware of this basic kind of that type of education. So, in case you ban anything then it revolts, let the things go in its own procedure and in case of any provision of education it should not be banned.

Dr. Lalit Kishore, Ex-Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya

The sex education will come into notice until and unless people talk about it confidently. I neither oppose nor support the statement of Dr. Harsh Vardhan. It's not about setting some part of the education but mending it as a whole. By passing such a statement he is opposing sex education but is trying to open another options. Girls feel shy when their male teacher talk about sex. But if the reproductive health program is done by the females the hesitation will evade away.

Dr. Susan Vishvanathan, Professor of Sociology, JNU

Ban in biology is an apolitical decision and it is not something to be banned. Obviously sex education is very important after a certain age. And banning doesn't make anything go away, so young people will get sex education through Internet. The world is not hidden away as it was in the 60s. What he does he will do as a politician but the process of life continues, so he should ban cloning as well.

Ashok Aggarwal, President, All India Parents Association

Harsh Vardhan ji is wrong, and sex education in schools is the need of the hour. In the young generation the scope of getting knowledge is increasing, as they are getting lots of facilities to gather the info, but if they don't get the correct knowledge, then one goes for wrong knowledge and a half baked ones, which is even more dangerous. It looks like our Health minister is following the feudal system of governance.

Mariyo, LGBT activist

It is a terrible idea. Anybody who looks around right now, the number of cases of sexual violence and sexual assault are increasing, so the government should wake up and do something.

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