It would be absolutely nonsensical to delay this further after the hue and cry caused by Zainab’s rape and murder. If schools and parents keep shying away from discussing sex and consent with children, where do the children get their information from?
Alongside education that teaches children science and mathematics, it is equally important for schools to give guidelines regarding sexuality, adolescence, consent and reproduction as a part of the curricula. As transgender people are now recognized citizens of our country, it is essential that this curriculum has to be trans-inclusive. These subjects remaining taboo, lead to young women feeling embarrassed about their bodies, young men misinformed, children suffering silently from sexual abuse, and the stigma attached to transgender people remaining solidified —it is high time that they are addressed and treated at school level.
Please take these unprecedented steps in the right direction to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable section of our population.