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Students Protest Against Introduction of Sex Education in Schools

Young students from schools and colleges staged protest here on Friday against Government's proposal to introduce sex education in school.

Moves to bring sex out of the closet have kicked up a morality debate between educators who say sex education will reduce number of HIV cases, and critics, who fear it will corrupt young minds.

Holding banners, placards and posters, men and women, with support from a political organization, shouted slogans against the government's move.

"We are opposing the government's decision to begin sex education in schools. NCERT is going to include sex education in the curriculum from the new academic session. In the garb of educative material they are writing pornographic material," said Harish Tyagi, Secretary of All India Democratic Youth Organisation.

Governments of, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra have already banned sex education at public schools saying the learning modules are too explicit and some pictures are too graphic.

The government has failed to stop these bans even as it seeks to curb the spread of HIV.

In India, about 86 percent of HIV infections occur through sexual intercourse, one key reason being that migrant workers in cities visit prostitutes and infect their wives when they return home.

According to analysts, an estimated 5.7 million Indians have been infected by HIV/AIDS a figure experts say may increase to over 20 million by 2010 and sex education could reduce the number significantly.


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