Wednesday, 21 March 2007
A few weeks back I was was faced with the unfortunate situation of attending the funeral of a girl (V) whom I have known for a very long time.
This was the second funeral I attended where the cause of death was AIDS.
Though , V was suffering for a prolonged period , her death was such a big blow to everyone.
Her father has been working with our family for almost a quater of a century and V used to visit our place frequently when she was young.
She was married eight years ago to a fruit seller , who concealed the fact that he had AIDS and within a year they had a child that passed away when six months old (paediatricians diagnosed it as digestive-disorder ! ) and obviously V was infected.
Two years after the child died it was the unscrupulous rascal's turn to go.
V was cared by all and she was getting medical help at all times. But , she developed severe TB and stopped responding to treatments and was suffering so much that one would feel it 's better she dies.(And that's what her mother was uttering repeatedly during the funeral ). I cannot describe the plight of her parents..and the sight of them during that time.
What did V do to deserve this?..
Life is unfair...and more so for the economically back-ward .
I usually reserve tragic and depressing topics for a select (unfortunate) few friends...so was shying away from posting this incident .
But what prompted me to write now is this news item.
I am not giving a link ,I have just put some excerpts from the article .
BHOPAL, MARCH 16: The Madhya Pradesh Government has decided to end the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP), two years after it was introduced to classes IX and XI, saying “sex education has no place in Indian culture”.
The source said some officials tried to convince the CM about the merits of the programme and why the National AIDS Control Society and Unicef had introduced it in the first place, but Chouhan “avoided any discussion on the issue”.
Batra had advised the CM against sex education in schools, and was in turn told that yoga should be included in curriculum in place of sex education.
Nineteen districts were covered in the first phase of the AEP programme, and 11 more were added in the current year.
“We were planning to cover the remaining 18 districts in the next academic year,” said an official associated with AEP, describing how the directorate was ready with proposal to start Red Ribbon Clubs in schools to create awareness about AIDS.
“The scrapping is not a wise step. In fact, it’s one step backwards,” said Mukesh Sinha, director of MP Voluntary Health Association, and NGO that works in the field of health education.
Where is this country going ? Who are the people who decide our fate ?
And the main reason for banning sex education in MP is
"They felt teachers of co-educational schools would have felt embarrassed while teaching the subject "
(NO!! I did not take this from jokes.com ! )
I ask all these politicians....
"How could you allow 'Anatomy' classes in Medical Schools to continue ?
Dont you have any feelings for the poor teachers there ? "