Sex education: RSS affiliates believe it will harm children

According to an educational organization with close ties to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary volunteer group, sex education in Indian schools will have an adverse effect on students. 

Recently, the government received a draft proposal entitled “The National Education Policy,” which recommends that school curriculums for secondary schools and above should include mandatory sex education. 

According to the officials compiling the proposal, it is essential that students receive basic knowledge when it comes to sexual relationships. This includes lectures on topics like consent, family planning, protection and safety, and sexually transmitted diseases.

However, an RSS affiliate focused on educational causes has expressed concerns that the introduction of mandatory sex education will have a negative impact on children’s psyche. According to the Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) organization, it is better to make counseling available to all interested children, but not force mandatory classes on everyone.

Sex education is important

While sex education has always been a controversial topic, it is important that children are aware of the basic principles they have to follow to keep themselves safe.

In an age where concent and crimes of a sexual nature are openly discussed, the SSUN should probably reconsider their firm stance on the topic of sex education.

Indeed, mandatory classes may not be necessary; however, all children, especially the ones entering puberty, should be aware of the correct ways to protect themselves when having sexual relationships.

In contrast to India, the United Kingdom has been actively working to introduce equality and sex education throughout public schools. While some parents disagree with the mandatory nature of such classes, the majority of families and faculty members agree that such courses expand their children’s knowledge.