Social activists and experts advocate for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education among the youth and adolescent in order to embolden positive values among them.
In the back drop of Nirbhaya gang rape juvenile’s issue debated across the country at every forum health experts and social groups opine that sexuality education has the potential to stop such offenses against fair sex.
They feel that not only CSE, a program of Family Planning Association (FPA), can persuade the youth to respect, accept, tolerate and have empathy regardless of gender, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation of others.
In the back drop of a heated debate going on across the country over the release of juvenile involved in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape case, activists from Family Planning Association strongly supported the idea of educating the youth fraternity in the subject of sexuality.
The activists strongly feel that proper sexuality education was the right of every youth and it equips them with the knowledge, skill, attitude and values to enjoy their sexuality- physically and emotionally. FPA associates view sexuality in the context of emotional and social development, stating that information alone was not enough.
Youth need opportunities to acquire life skills and develop positive values. FPA’s Hyderabad chapter president Dr Balamba said that sexual education has become a must for the young men and women, in these times.
Dr Balamba told Metro India that education on sexuality also would have its impact on human rights, gender norms, sexual behavior, consent, relationships, communication besides ensuring sexual health and others.
She said, “Incidents like that of Delhi gang rape could be prevented if CSE is implemented in letter and spirit.” It helps to develop life skills that encourage critical thinking, decision making and assertiveness, she added.
The programme has been designed by the experts of FPA based on the core human values accepted by the UN convention on the Rights. It is aimed at promoting gender equality and human rights, including the right to health and non-discrimination besides protection of bodily integrity and freedom from stigma and violence.
Social activist D Roshan Kumar working in the area of human rights said that the emphasis was more on health education and thus becomes a right. He said that most of the social organizations have been associated with case studies strengthening the programme.
He said, “Mass campaigns, consultations with educational institutions for gender rights, training for adolescents and youth by coordinating with government authorities has been giving good results.”
However, few activists and academicians feel that there were still few gaps in spreading the CSE into the masses though India was obligated under international laws to provide it in public and private schools.
It was also decried that there was lack of uniformity in implementing sexual/adolescent education program across States and lack of right based approach towards sex education.
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