Catholic Church leaders in India are continuing to recommend sex-education programs in schools as a response to public outrage over rape and exploitation of women.
“Sex education is very important,” Father Anthony Charanghat, a spokesman for the Bombay (Mumbai) archdiocese, told the Fides news service. He disagreed with the city’s police chief, who said that sex-education programs could aggravate India’s problems, noting that violence against women is higher in countries that have sex-education programs in the school curriculum.
Father Charanghat countered that a proper sex-education program would decrease the danger of violence against women. Such a program, he said, “has to be centered on the value of the body and on respect for every individual.” He reported that in the Bombay archdiocese, “we have promoted sex-education programs that teach you how sex is a gift of God, it is a participation in his own creative work.”
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