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The Indian Minister of Health currently opposed sex education in India. Harsh Vardhan, India’s health minister, said in 2014 he wanted sex education prohibited. Vardhan stated that yoga must be obligatory in schools rather than sex education. The statement opposing sex education opposed India’s National AIDS Control Organization and its Minister for Human Resource Development (MNDR) 2007 health education program for teenagers. He opposed this education because he thought it was contrary to Indian traditional values. “Condoms offer safe sex, but the safest sex is via faithfulness to one’s spouse, he says in an interview to the New York Times. There was much outrage among opponents because all his observations on this topic fostered abstinence from education. After a lot of pain was expressed through his remarks against sex education, he tweeted, “Media was again wrong. I am against sex education, not sex education per se. I am against sex education. Crudity, out of popularity, values in.”
‘Sex Education’ is aimed to educate children about the procedures of their births anew. As Angela M. Salas stated, most sex education takes place outside the classroom in real life. In addition, it is with the recognition of the increasing “child sexual abuse,” that sex education is important in parts and pieces. Again the environment underlying the socialization of the students is heterosexual. Such educational ideals are typically seen to inherently lead to the creation of identity and to the influence of behavior. In India, the focus is greatly on teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS infection while talking about sex education. It has often been observed that not only “homosexuality” but “menstruation” are unconscious. There is also a lack of information regarding safe sex, despite debates about adolescent pregnancy. Despite the increased sensitivity towards child sexual abuse, schools still make very little effort to comprehend the distinction between non-sexual and sexual contact. Private schools in India have the freedom to decide whether or not to incorporate sexuality in their curricula. But the public schools did not seek to do this. The Central Government did not respond to state governments’ moves to ban the AEP. In 2016, Telangana became the first Indian State to comply on the graduate level with ‘gender’ education and also launched a bilingual textbook, ‘Towards an Equal World.’