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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, July 17, 2007
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Tuesday differed with his ministerial collegue Renuka Chowdhury on sex education for children in schools, saying that it was having a "bad impact" on them and was destroying Indian culture. Chowdhury, who is minister of State for Women and Child Development, said "sex education is not titilating. It is not supposed to excite. It is to demystify. Now when a minister like me says yes we must have sex education, there is so much sensationalism".

Opposing sex edcuation in schools, Prasad said that "whatever information is being given about sex is having bad impact on children. It is not good. This also has bad impact on society".

Asked specifically whether he favoured such education for children, the RJD chief said, "No, not at all. This is a very bad thing. Our entire culture can collapse".

The railways minister was responding to mediapersons at Rail Bhawan where he launched an Integrated Train Enquiry System.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has said sex education would lead to collapse of the education system and create an immoral society.