Monday, August 6, 2007

The Need of Sex Education in Kerala?

Sex education became a much debated subject and news item recently in Kerala. Malayalees read newspapers along with the morning tea and criticize the law and order problems of UP, Bihar and Orissa where all kinds of inhuman activities like murder for dowry, child marriage, rape, etc used to get reported. But recently there are reports on similar incidents in Kerala which are alarmingly high. The State always used to proudly present 100 per cent literacy, health, free education to girls, etc as its achievements. Then what happened to the literate Malayalees for changing their behavior? While searching for the reason for the changed attitude of Malayalees will reveal the addiction of alcohol and drugs amongst the youth. They do not know what they are doing. The age of the sexually assaulted victim is not bothered by these drug addicts. These drugs addicted, unemployed youth are becoming the victim of smugglers and underworld gangs. They offer drug, money, vehicle for doing their jobs. The narcotic cell of the State government and police should awake and do some genuine drastic steps to control the underworld and usage of drugs in the State only will help to resolve the current issues.

Sex scandals were covered in many pages of Malayalam newspapers till recently. Suryanelli, Vidhura, Kiliroor, etc. were already given a clear picture of Kerala and Malayalees. The law and order system became a scarecrow in the state at least in the above reported cases. The investigation commences from the victim’s complaints and finishes on the reality of victim’s initial involvement with her full consent. Then why suddenly it becomes the scandal? The initial enjoyment of money, sex paves the way to misery due to unexpected number of users without money. The initial control from the victim is lost when the demand for her is increased. When the freedom is lost, obviously it leads to complaint and becomes as a scandal. It doesn’t mean that all scandals are as the above but in many of the cases, abdication of the victims are not reported as they run away with somebody and ultimately fall in the trap.

Hypocrisy is the facet of many Mallus. They will go for strike against the sex education book and purchase sex books, blue cassettes and read privately. Because we learnt from our childhood that Sex is sin. Christian convents and its educational institutions also contributed a lot to spread the same message among children and the result was the natural instincts to know the sex in the adolescent period got brutally killed.

In Mumbai ladies are free to move around even in the midnight without much problem. The main reason may be due to the availability of many sources for the desire for sex in the state. So the needy have a place where they can always approach. I appreciate the dialogues of Mr.Sakharia, the known short story writer. He said, “If there are men longing for sex and women are ready to serve, then why government is suppressing such instincts by law?” So like Mumbai, brothels are to be built in every district for those who are looking around for sex. Then the government should be very tough for any kind of sexual harassment in the country.

No doubt that sex education at school level will certainly help the children to change the attitude towards the approach of opposite sex.