Lack of awareness about sexuality and sex education is one of the major reasons for the increase in cases “unnatural sexual offences” among juveniles in Madhya Pradesh, says Dr Vinay Mishra, a Bhopal-based psychologist.
Parents should sensitise their children about sexuality and provide the right kind of sex education at the right age to prevent them from committing any such crime in the future, he says.
“Parents should not hesitate from educating their children about sexuality, which is often laughed off by the society, but in reality is a very serious subject in the present world,” he tells Hindustan Times.
As many as 102 cases of “unnatural sex” were reported from across the state, the recent data released by the National Crime Records Bureau have revealed.
The offence of “unnatural sex “ — having voluntary sex against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal–is punishable under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The data shows that Madhya Pradesh recorded 16 cases against juveniles under the section the section. Neighbouring state Maharashtra topped the list with 32 cases of “unnatural sex’ offences registered against juveniles.
In 2014, Madhya Pradesh registered the third highest number of cases of unnatural sex offences.
The state recorded a total of 102 cases of unnatural sex offences in the 2015, the data has revealed. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 239 cases followed by Maharashtra with 161 cases, Kerala with 160 cases, and Haryana with 111 cases
Mishra says people of Madhya Pradesh are relatively more conservative than people in other states when it comes to sex education.
“People need to understand that sex education should be included as a topic in Moral Sciences course in schools so that children can differentiate between what is appropriate and what is inappropriate when it comes to sexuality,” he says.
“This could largely help in curbing such cases in the state.”
In March 2016, a 50-year-old man was arrested under Section 377 of the IPC for allegedly sexually abusing a cow in Betul district. The man was caught by three local women while he indulged in the unnatural act with the cow. The women later told about the incident to a local youngster, who informed police and the man was arrested.
“Unnatural sex offenders generally suffer from a mental disorder and indulge in acts of perversion… It all depends on how much the society is aware about the issue and is making the children aware about it,” says Mishra.