Harsh Vardhan stated on his website that sex education in schools must be banned. Instead value education with course content must be integrated focussing on India's cultural relations. He even stressed on the fact that yoga must be made mandatory for all in schools.
"So-called 'sex education' to be banned. Value Education will be integrated with course content. Yoga should be made compulsory," says Vardhan in the document on his website.
Vardhan: Value Education will be integrated with course content
While there is constant pressure from counsellors and doctors on promoting sex education in school as a precaution to prevent teenage pregnancies and STDs in teenagers, this statement from the Health Minister surely is going to raise a few eyebrows.
Earlier Harsh Vardhan had said that in order to curb AIDS, emphasis must be on promoting Indian values and not on condoms.
However later he retracted saying that he was being misquoted and said that he meant official campaigns should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept which includes highlighting the role of "fidelity to single partners".