Shiv Sena corporator proposes early sex education to curb sexual assaults

The earlier we start talking with children about sexuality, the better because that will only increase our chance of continuing the conversation about sexual health with them throughout their growing up years, all the way through puberty and adolescence. And nowadays both boys an girl are becoming mature at an early age

Shiv Sena corporator proposes early sex education to curb sexual assaults
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Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre has proposed a notice of motion in BMC’s general body meeting to start sex education from VII standard instead of IX standard.

Increasing cases of sexual violence on minor girls and the easy availability of information on internet that can potentially mislead youngsters is the main concern behind this proposal.

“It has been observed that minor girls who get molested have no idea what wrong has happened with them because of the lack of sex education in school. Sex education at an early age has been given in private schools but not in public schools, where most of the kids are from poor socio-economic background. Also BMC schools are till XII standard only, what if that child quits further studies, at least this vital information about sex will be helpful for them to be cautious,” said Sheetal Mhatre, corporator from Dahisar.

Last year Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had introduced sex education for class IX students. The civic body has been addressing the issues like menstrual cycle for girls from Standard VII to IX by visiting different schools and educating girls about what is menstrual cycle, what measures girls should take during those days and when should they consult doctors. Also mental and physical changes in adolescence, pregnancy and reproduction system, family planning are part of this programme.

Dr Komal Chavan, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital, “The earlier we start talking with children about sexuality, the better, because that will only increase our chance of continuing the conversation about sexual health with them throughout their growing up years, all the way through puberty and adolescence. And nowadays both boys an girl are becoming mature at an early age.”

“So, educating them about sex education is extremely important. Making them understand the changes in their body and why it happening, answering their questions is very important. We should keep the door open for our kids for discussion and queries before they wrongly mislead though other mediums like internet which is easily available”.

Dr Niranjan Chavan, Professor, Gynaecology Department at LTMG (Sion) Hospital, “We as a responsible medical official have been conducting awareness programmes regarding sex education in both private and public schools. It is need as today’s generation is achieving maturity physically and mentally very early. So, educating young child about sex education is important”.

“Along with the sex education sexual and reproductive health and right should also be consider. Like sexual diversity, pleasure, gender inequalities and consent,” said Dr Aprna Hegde Urogynecologist and Founder of Aramman, NGO works to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity in underprivileged urban and rural communities in India.