A sex manual for Indian sensibilities

‘Penetrative sex’ and ‘sexual intercourse’ are banned from NACO’s watered-down sex education manual for teachers scheduled to be introduced across schools in August this year. Teena Thacker has the report in The Indian Express

Over six months after it pulled out its sex education manual following nationwide protests, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) is ready with a revised version which has been sent to various states for their comments.

The states have been given two months to review the manual, which is expected to be introduced in schools by August this year.

Following protests over the “explicit” content in the earlier manual forcing NACO to pull it out in October last year, the expert group has tried to play it safe this time. The manual, which has been re-named as the “teachers’ handbook”, has no pictures of human figures or words like “penetrative sex” and “sexual intercourse” this time. It is expected to be uploaded on the NACO website for wider comments.

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