New Delhi, June 27: Health minister Harsh Vardhan today spawned outrage with his comments on “so-called sex education”, prompting educationists and health activists to accuse him of mixing up science with his personal moral beliefs.
The hash tag #YoBJPSoSanskaari (the BJP is so pious) trended on Twitter through the day, with posts asking the minister to “grow up”.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan
Harsh Vardhan had first called for a ban on “so-called sex education” on his personal website during last winter’s Delhi elections, when he was the BJP candidate for chief minister. It did not attract much notice then.
The first cries of protest came on Tuesday when an American newspaper quoted him as saying the AIDS battle in India would be fought with the emphasis on sexual fidelity rather than condoms.
Today, the minister caused further uproar with a tweet that said: “I am against ‘so-called’ sex education, not sex education per se. Crudity, vulgarity out; values in.”
“The health minister has no business prescribing his personal beliefs to the nation. He should stick to science. He should realise that the world has moved beyond Ram Rajya,” said psychiatrist Harish Shetty, who works with adolescents at high risk of …read more