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SEX Education: Importance and Why It is Necessary

Value of SEX Education:

when it comes to acknowledging the sexual requirements of a person
SEX Education
Today, we will talk very sensitive topic, which is not easy to discussed among people but it is necessary or not, you should think about it.

“Namaste aunty!”
“Namaste son! How was your school? What did you learn today?”
“We had a special workshop on sex-education today.”
“What! SEX-EDUCATION! Why would children your age be knowing about these things? It is daunting and utterly preposterous. ”
Isn’t it ironic, the aunty who irks you for the ‘good news’ after your wedding suddenly transmutes to a conservative aunt?

In India, when it comes to acknowledging the sexual requirements of a person, even the so-called ‘modern’ minds take a back seat. For them, this can only be a part of some quirky gossip in a kitty party alongside Mr/Mrs. Sharma. 

Hey, can we talk about sex? Sorry, not until your wedding day.
Our ignorant elders cite our norms and culture as the reason for their denial to address the topic. Our parent’s utter denial to discuss this makes us pry to know it. And where do we seek the answer to our wringers?  Do we go to the mystic monk who corroborates us to get rid of our sexual ailments? We tend to google, only to get addicted to it.

Very often ‘SEX EDUCATION’ is misinterpreted as the pedagogy for sexual intercourse. One must understand that sex education, not only concerns with the advocation of healthy sexual habits but also intend to lay a foundation on building a relationship with the key focus on care for others. 

It also deals with the physical health of a person and helps them to discover their sexuality in a dulcet discussion. Sexual well-being of a person not only means freedom from disease or any affliction but an overall growth physically, mentally and socially. Sex-Ed helps us make choices to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

India has a mammoth size of the youth population. With over 500 million in that demographic, it becomes indispensable to educate such a humongous population about their physiology. The sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in our country has been overlooked and has not been included in our Healthcare System.

💥Is SEX-ED that Bigs a Deal:

Very often we find people seek advice about their sexual relationship from friends or family. We tend to follow their instructions blindly citing their harmonious relationship. One must understand that the human body by its very nature is exclusive. It is always suggested that trained personnel be approached for issues relating to our health or well-being. 

💥Sex-ed can help us tackle the following problems:

1. Prevention of HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STD)

The National AIDS Control Organization of India articulates the reason for the bulk of HIV infections to the unprotected heterosexual intercourse. Over 2 million Indians are living with HIV where children    (< 15 years) account for 3.5% of all infections. 

According to a survey, many unmarried men were unaware of the use of contraception and protection. For a developing country, its youth must not only be healthy but also be informed about the various aspects of life. It is therefore substantial that sex-ed be included in the curriculum from the rudimentary stage. 

For a country like India, with a sizable population, it becomes inevitable that its youth be educated in this material. 

2. Prevent unwanted pregnancy: 

The Indian law forbids sexual activity with or among, children below a specified age. ‘Age of consent’ is the age at which one is considered legally competent to consent for sexual activity. Owing to their immaturity of age and understanding, minors are considered incapable of understanding nature as well as the consequences of their actions. 

Under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 the age of consent was only for girls and was initially pegged at 10 years. This was later raised to 12 in 1891, 14 in 1925, 16 in 1940 and 18 in 2013. Intimate activities with a girl below the prescribed legal minimum age are aggregated to rape, irrespective of the girl’s consent. POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) fixed the age of consent for both boys as well as girls at 18. 

It is not uncommon these days to hear news about girls (in their teens) getting pregnant. In the age when they should be focusing on building their career and making their lives, they face medical procedures for abortion, which not only is detrimental for them physically but also mentally. 

For some, such incidences can be traumatic and can persist for a very long period. Society tends to disrelish such incidents and the person faces a lot of scrutinies, pernicious to their social status. Dreading this derision, many girls tend to resort to unsafe abortion methods. 

3. To know about reproductive health and hygiene:

The human body is a wonder of nature. Its complexity and uniqueness make it intriguing. Understanding every aspect of it may not be the cup of tea for everyone but keeping it functional isn’t an onerous task. Adolescence is that time when a person experiences growth not only physically and mentally but also sexually. 

One should commence practicing good hygienic habits from this stage itself. To establish good health, one has to maintain sanitation at a personal level and also at the societal level. The reproductive health of the youth is critical for the county.

 4. To prevent sexual abuse.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the Child Sexual Abuse as “the engagement of a juvenile in an intimate activity that they do not discern, is unable to give informed consent to, or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and cannot give compliance, or that contravene the legislation or social taboos of society. 

As per statistics, among the children interviewed, more than half (53 percent) reported experience of sexual abuse. Most of them could not surmise as to what was being done to them. Sexual abuse has a profound impact on the growth and development of a person. 

It can affect the neurobiological system like sexual impairment, retarded mental growth, etc. Incidents like this thrust the need to educate our children about good touch and bad touch. Increased attention in the public discourages these activities. 

The governments should penalize the culprits of such horrendous deeds. 

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💬Contributed by: Ayush Bhardwaj

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