I have been born an Indian, but I have experienced my adolescence through the sultry environment of the Middle East. In neither of these places are people especially vocal about controversial liberal topics, sexual rights being one of them.
There are no schools in the Middle East that impart even the slightest comprehensive sexual education and from what I know, the scenario in India is not that different. What most of the southern Asian culture believes is that exclusion of the topic of sex will lead to abstinence, which according to most of the adults I know, is the only motto for an unmarried person.
Receiving comprehensive sex education is extremely important for adolescents. Because we never have these sex-ed classes in school, we are never explicitly taught about consent. Sexual assault and teenage pregnancies, although they are very real in our society, are never discussed openly. Even topics as common as menstruation are hardly ever touched upon because there is a vile consensus amongst most of the people that anything to with the sexual aspect of a human being is tabooed.
I think it’s time for us to alter our (the Indian) education system in order to incorporate a more liberal curriculum that can help us excel in not only academics but also as active members of the society. For me, personally, it’s especially vital that students are taught the importance of sexual rights. Most of my peers don’t know what pro choice or pro life is. They aren’t aware of the most dynamic controversies that is plaguing our society. It is so hard to create informed citizens if the education that they are receiving is so highly censored.