Maharashtra’s MLAs recent uproar against the state government’s plans to introduce sex education in schools has been put on hold . It is unfortunate in a country where sexual intelligence is abysmal.The reason cited is polluting young minds which is untrue in current Indian envrironment.The surveys and doctors dealing with youth says that there is an appalling ignorance in adolescents and even the older youth about menstruation, pregnancy and contraception.
There is similar ignorance in newly married couples, aged 18 or 19, who suddenly find themselves expecting their first, unwanted child.According to the statistics of the Family Planning Association of India: 31% of girls and 33% boys in the age group of 12-19 years get married, while 60% of married girls (aged 15-19 years) have unwanted pregnancies .48% school boys and 39% girls face some form of sexual abuse (ranging from inappropriate touch, exposure to pornography or violent sexual assault).
The age of maximum abuse is between nine and 12 years, according to the National Study on Child Abuse 2007 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.The lack of awareness of one’s body leads to incidents that ruin lives of many adolescents. Every relationship is seen by school kids as unnatural, but exciting. The young have been vocal about their confusion in sexual matters.