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Re: Sex Education, Legalisation of Commercial Sex etc.

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 IPI members: Please consider these:

        As a check on the spread of the AIDS and in connection with
        the World Aids Day, it is with an adult gay type ravishment
        (and rather, ulterior motive) reported:"Commercial sex is a
        reality  and  cannot  be  wished  away;      legalising it,
        would  help  in  regulating  the  activity,   ensuring  use
        of  condoms  to  promote  safe  sex!   Brothel  Owners  are
        given  the  reputation  to  feel  guilty  when  good family
        young (adolescent)  school  boys clad  in  school  uniforms
        visit  the  girls;  even when the'young' client is tried to
        be  turned  away  by  some  dispassionate  prostitute/s  by
        quoting  a  higher  price,    he returns with the requisite
        amount  (Rs.50/-)!   Hormonal  and  environmental  changes,
        coupled   with  the  onslaught  of  the  mass  media   have
        brought  down  the  puberty  age in boys, to 11 or 12 years.
        However, they  marry  as  late as 28 years or thereafter....
        Meanwhile  they  try to satiate their curiosity and appetite
        during  the  intervening  productive years,  turning gay and
        immoral..............Strengthening the sex education pattern
        in  the schools  and  colleges is a dire need.  Introduction
        of  sex  education  from 10th class is advocated. Government
        is  able  to control AIDS to some extent last year.  The use
        of condoms and removal of stigma attached to AIDS need to be
        further  supported  and  strengthened.  Sale  of  condoms by
        vending machines is being planned by Government......."

        2. What greater harm accrues, from 10th class onwards
        if boys,  and from, say,  8th class onwards, if girls
        (according  to the age  limits  to  be   scrupulously
        reduced and re-set appropriately) are legally allowed
        to marry in the prevailing   2k circumstances? On the
        other hand,  with the kind of education  advocated to
        be introduced,  may not they,  have to be allowed the
        benefit   of   enjoying   legal (not 'legalised'   or
        'commercial')  safe  sex,     without  exploding  the
        population   and  without the risk of contributing to
        the nasty dragon 'AIDS'and without the dubious resort
        to commercial sex workers. The added benefit would be
        of  adapting  themselves  properly  to their marriage
        partner by the time they cross their adolesence.  The
        built in advantage, then, would be either  the boy or
        the  girl  may   have continuous  influence  over the
        other as to the type of educational courses, service,
        business or profession he / she may like to prosecute
        according to their mutual choice unlike their present
        day approaches made to numerous country-wide and even
        global  computerised matrimonial match making centres
        where the boys/the girls after crossing their adoles-
        cence spend enormous time & energies & mental tension
        unendingly in search in order to match their multiple
        requirements/aspirations of mutual educational quali-
        fications,  height,  complexion, antecedents, career,
        geographical location/standing, aesthetic    feelings
        and  thoughts,  extent  of  sight, food habits, other
        whims and fancies regarding smoking/alcoholism,  etc.
        etc. with little or  no   scope for  parental  inter-
        vention?  Parents/elders/well wishers also would then
        be able to play their part better,  guiding  the boys
        /girls more effectively, right from the  early stages
        of alliances.  The scope for mal-adjustments  between
        the couple would then be reduced.

        3. Commercial Sex may then, perhaps, be got, reduced to
        the minimum,  instead of being, with state involvement,
        menacingly allowed to spread,  attempting in the least,
        at character-building.   It is anomalous that one still
        needs conduct and character certificates for  admission
        to educational institutions and for career making!

        4. Then, the government and non-government organs need to
        popularise use  of  condoms  and  other  family  planning
        methods  conveniently  among married couple much, instead
        of, commercial sex workers,   in their red light areas in
        villages, towns, cities and highways, leading to  various
        crimes,  futile  police  cases and  criminal court inter-
        ventions,  a  minuscule  proportion  of  which  only gets
        revealed in the press, etc.

        4. What actually transpired as social consequence after the
        government  deliberately  enhanced the marriageable age for
        boys  and  girls  as   the extant 21 and 18 years,  needs a
        critical review.      Were they made to attain puberty only
        at 21 and 18?  King  Kanute  would have done it! Were there
        not  real  hormonal  and environmental changes reducing the
        puberty age levels, contrary to the expectations of  legis-
        lators and parliamentarians?    Instead of various doctors,
        health  and  hygiene specialists, scientists, sociologists,
        judiciary,  politicians, cultural organisations, literature
        pandits,  radio, T.V. & cinema,  dwelling  on  methods  and
        devising ways and means of enhancing the puberty age levels
        shall  we  drive  the youngeters, (of course)supplying them
        the state sponsored condoms,to visit commercial sex workers
        tabooed  hitherto,  without giving the youngsters early the
        needed opportunity of the age old good institution   called
        "marriage".  Why lament and cast crocodile tears  over AIDS,
        CRIME, RAIDS AND ENCOUNTERS, etc., without  honest thinking
        and attempts at morality building?   Safe sex is to be best
        encouraged  by  Marriage,  not by Prostitution.    Does the
        intended sex education from 10th class, enhance the puberty
        age of pupils to 21 years and 18 years?

        4. A  national  debate  is  said  to be in the offing.    Let
        IPI members, however, think over and express their calculated
        views from now on.

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