Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sparked a controversy with his remarks on sex education, which some have interpreted as being derogatory towards women.
In a speech to the state assembly on Tuesday, Kumar said that sex education should be taught in schools to help control population growth. However, he also made some remarks that were seen as being offensive to women.
“If women are educated, they will definitely know how to give birth to fewer children,” Kumar said. “They will know how to avoid having too many children.”
His remarks were immediately criticized by opposition leaders and women’s rights activists.
“The Chief Minister’s remarks are not only insensitive but also a reflection of his patriarchal mindset,” said Rabri Devi, leader of the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal.
“Sex education should be taught in a sensitive and respectful manner,” said Ranjana Kumari, a women’s rights activist. “The Chief Minister’s remarks are not only offensive but also harmful as they could discourage girls from seeking education.”
Deputy CM Defends Nitish Kumar
Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav has defended Kumar’s remarks, saying that they were taken out of context.
“The Chief Minister was not making any derogatory remarks about women,” Yadav said. “He was simply emphasizing the importance of sex education as a means of controlling population growth.”
However, Yadav’s defense has not convinced critics, who maintain that Kumar’s remarks were inappropriate and insensitive.
The controversy has reignited the debate about sex education in India, which is a sensitive topic in a country with a conservative culture.
Sex education is not widely taught in schools in India, and many parents are opposed to it. However, there is a growing consensus among experts that sex education is essential for preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
The controversy surrounding Kumar’s remarks is likely to further complicate the debate about sex education in India.tunesharemore_vert