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‘Teach sex when young’

Sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari says it can help youth make informed choices.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 22, 2010 21:06 IST
Harsha Bhatnagar

The government might still be in two minds over making sex a classroom subject, but India’s noted sexologist, Dr Prakash Kothari, says that the young generation needs to be educated about it while still in school. “One third of our population is the youth and sex education in the real sense should start when they are still in pre-adolescent stage. They have raging hormones,” he said.

Dr Kothari was speaking to HT City at the release of his new book, Erotica – The Art of Loving, which showcases his collection of rare erotic objects from across the globe. Most collections are gifts from generous clients and flea markets. The oldest exhibit in the book is from Syria and dates back to 5,500 BC. It also has images of heterosexual and homosexual couples in the throes of passion.

Speaking about the dirth of sexologists in the country, Dr Kothari said, “It isn’t easy to treat sexual problems. Three decades ago, I founded the Sexual Medicine department at Seth GS Medical College and KEM in Mumbai. It still remains the only department on the subject. I wish we’d a few more by now.”

Hinting at the lack of initiative from the government, he further added, “I had initiated the process and presented a project years back, but all I can say is that impotency does not only exist in Dr Kothari’s clinic…The government needs to be a little more active when it comes to educating masses on the subject.”