On the question of continuing sex education programs in different state, the Union Health Minister finally lost his control and blasted the Indian mentality over sex awareness programs.
Visibly looking upset, A Ramadoss said that Indians were hypocritical about sex. On the occasion of World Population Day, he said at a function that Indians have sex but they are not ready even to discuss it. He told all the people who are standing against the sex education in the country that at the end they would be proved as great losers.
After the inauguration of a 2-day sensitization program on population and health issues, He said:
In India, we do have sex. But we don’t want to talk about it. That’s why we have more than one billion population.
This is the need of the time for our close-knit society that we have to enlighten and create awareness among our children.
He commented on the different states that are in favor to ban the sex education that the health ministry is not forcing anyone. However, he said that they would be the losers if awareness would not be created at the right age.
The government is taking up sex education in a subtle way. India has 55% population in the group of reproductive age. This is need of the time to create awareness among them.
NACO DG K Sujatha Rao, who was also there at the function, also said that banning sex education would put young lives at great risk and it would jeopardize the fight against AIDS. Sujatha Rao said:
Some people are in denial that young people experiment with sex. They need to get real.
According to the report, six states in India, such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, have the most people living with HIV/AIDS in the world and they have banned sex education for children and teenagers by saying the course material was against Indian culture.
This is the fight between the self-appointed guardians of Indian culture and traditions and the AIDS awareness drive to save the ‘Young India’ from the epidemic like AIDS. This is the right time for us India to be united and support the government-sponsored awareness drive in a very obvious manner to get rid of the label as the ‘AIDS capital of World’.