Women's outfit opposes sex education in Kashmir
7 May 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: The women's separatist outfit, Dukhtaran-e-Milat (DeM) Monday opposed introduction of sex education in Kashmir schools despite officials having no such plans.Addressing a media conference here, Asiya Andrabi, the DeM chief said, 'We shall oppose tooth and nail the nefarious Indian designs to perpetuate obscenity and vulgarity in the society through the introduction of sex education in schools.'Andrabi, branded as a hardliner, said sex was a natural instinct and if nobody ever taught a child how to take to the mother's breast, why the need to educate the children about sex.'The design is to spread vulgarity in the society,' she said.Interestingly, when contacted the authorities said there were no plans to introduce sex education in schools.The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education fixes the curriculum for the local schools.'There is no proposal to start any courses for sex education in the state,' said Nisar A. Ganai, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education 'The general guideline (of National Curriculum Framework of 2005) does not specifically speak of any special courses for sex education (in Kashmir). Furthermore, the local sensibilities have to be fully respected while fixing curriculum in the state.'According to the National Curriculum Framework, the school boards of different states have been asked to start courses to create awareness about environment, healthcare and HIV infections.