"I have clarified that the views expressed on the website was entirely my own and made in the context of the UPA government's 2007 decision to introduce the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) in its original form. Even the Chief Ministers of UPA-ruled states had objected to it and subsequently it was modified," he said in a statement.

"Crudity and graphic representation of culturally objectionable symbols as manifested in the UPA's so-called sex education programme cannot be called sex education. Every education system must strive to have an ideal curriculum,” he added

Vardhan further said, “Sex education that builds societies free of gender discrimination, teenage pregnancy, HIV-AIDS proliferation, pornography addiction, etc. should be the goal.”

The Union Health Minister had earlier on Friday stirred a controversy with his comment that ‘sex education should be banned in schools’.

Days after the row over his remarks on fidelity over condoms to prevent AIDS, Vardhan in his vision document for Delhi schools said, "So-called ‘sex education’ to be banned, Yoga to be made compulsory.”

The Union Health Minister had earlier sparked a controversy with his comment that promoting condom usage is not enough to prevent AIDS.

However, he later denied opposing the promotion of condoms.

"One should also promote integrity of sexual relationship between husband and wife a part of Indian culture,” the Health Minister was quoted as saying in an interview to a US daily earlier.

"The focus of the AIDS campaign should not only be on the use of condoms. This sends a wrong message that you can have any kind of illicit sexual relationship," Vardhan said.

"Condoms do promise safe sex, but one should always remember that safest sex is through faithfulness to one's partner. Prevention is always better than cure," he added.

(JPN/Agencies)

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