Objectionable material... By Arif
12 October, 2012
According to reports, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned representatives from a non-government organisation (NGO) over schoolbooks that, apparently, contain 'objectionable material'. The material, found in a book called Ba Ikhtiar Larkian, Badla Hua Samaaj (Empowered Girls, A Changed Society), contains certain segments designed to impart some sex education to our children. The book has been distributed to students in Gujranwala but some district officials seem to have found fault with the contents of the book.
Why is this so? Why has the LHC decided to take action against a book that only aims to tell children a little about a subject still considered taboo in our society even in this day and age? The parts of the book found to be inconceivable are those that tell women about the kind of contraceptives they can use. How is this wrong? Should young girls not know the steps they can take to better protect themselves in such a judgmental society? This move by the LHC sounds a little draconian to me.