No Sex Education In Class: RSS-Backed Body
New Delhi: The Dinanath Batra led Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), an RSS-backed education body, has strongly opposed sex education as a subject in schools under the new education policy.
The organisation, which has been a strong votary for the introduction of Vedic education in classes, said imparting sex education will have a negative impact on the minds of students.
“Why it should be taught in schools? Every teenage has different requirements, therefore sex education should not be made a universal subject. Counselling on need basis can be done for students,” SSUN general secretary Atul Kothari told The Print.
He said the Biology subject clearly illustrates the physical form of a human being. A separate discipline focussing on sex education should, therefore, be avoided.
He said that they have already submitted their views to the Human Resource Development Ministry.
What does the draft education policy say:
The RK Kasturirangan panel, which drafted the policy said: “Sex education will also be included in secondary school for future judgment surrounding consent, harassment, respect for women, safety, family planning and STD prevention.”
While rejecting the suggestion, SSUN recommended that a Vedic Shiksha/Bharatiya Shiksha board should be constituted to govern the Sanskrit pathsalas and gurukuls in the country.
SSUN was founded by Batra who hit headlines in 2014 after forcing Penguin India to pulp American author Wendy Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’. SSUN has been advocating incorporation of traditional and ancient Indian knowledge in textbooks which would inspire students. In 2015, Batra had also opposed moves to have sex education in schools.