Sex ed books: Bargad rep given more time, next hearing on Nov 7

Published: October 19, 2012
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The petitioner said that the book contained material telling girls about the use of contraceptives and “how to have friendships with boys”. PHOTO: FILE

The petitioner said that the book contained material telling girls about the use of contraceptives and “how to have friendships with boys”. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

The Lahore High Court on Thursday again summoned a representative of Bargad, a youth development NGO, to answer allegations that they had provided “objectionable books” for girls’ schools.

The petitioner has asked the court to take action against the NGO and government officials for making the book Ba Ikhtiar Larkian, Badla Hua Samaaj (Empowered Girls, A Changed Society) – mandatory for girls in classes six to eight in government schools in Gujranwala.

At the last hearing, Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh had summoned the coordinator of the NGO’s programme under which the books were circulated in schools.

Khurram Shehzad, a representative of the NGO, informed the court on Thursday that the coordinator was in Balochistan and could not be informed about the summons.

He asked for more time for her appearance. At this the judge adjourned the hearing till November 7.

Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar filed a letter of attorney on behalf of the NGO and will represent it at the next hearing.

The judge had summoned the Bargad coordinator after hearing the statements of two former Gujranwala executive district officers for education at the last hearing on October 9.

Former EDO Ghazanfar Ali Sani told the court that while the books were circulated in schools during his tenure, the memorandum of understanding under which this was done was signed while Chaudhy Riaz was EDO. Riaz confirmed this. He said that the memorandum was for the NGO to initiate a programme to teach “life skills” at schools.

The petitioner said that the book contained material telling girls about the use of contraceptives and “how to have friendships with boys”. He said in a Muslim society, these things could not be taught at schools. He said that in signing the memorandum with the NGO, government officials were guilty of misconduct and should be punished.

He said that he had complained to government officials after learning about the book and the chief minister had set up an inquiry committee headed by Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Anwar.

He said the committee’s findings had not been made public.

He said that the only action apparently taken on the committee’s findings had been the transfer of Sani, the former EDO. He said that the inquiry report must be made public.

Former Gujranwala district coordination officer Nabeel Ahmed Awan, the serving DCO, the education secretary, the PEF chairman, and the Gujranwala EDO (education) are named as respondents in the petition.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Iram
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:36AM

    What is happening in the Punjab what are they teaching to teens.”book contained material telling girls about the use of contraceptives and “how to have friendships with boys”.

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  • Munawar Ali Rind
    Oct 19, 2012 - 6:01PM

    LifeSkills Education is Right of Every Girl & Women in Pakistan. This will solve number of population related problems and malprcatices issuess in Pakistan. Our society must think for the present and future of our youth and accept lifeskill education as a normal thing. BARGAD is basically a youth-friednly NGO which is doing the things our society need the most. Even this is also the responsibility of our religious clerks, madressah heads n govt officials to promote LifeSkills education. If BARGAD has taken this initiative boldly, we all must support them including LHC for the sake of our bright, healthy future.

    Regards;
    Munawar Ali Rind
    Islamabad

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  • Kaleem
    Oct 19, 2012 - 11:47PM

    Dual faced society, girls and boys can make free insecure & hidden sex relation, but they cannot get themselves educated about it. I am NOT asking to promote illegal relationships, but that’s fact of our society and we must work on eradicating it as well as educating teens about disadvantages of having insecure sex.

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  • Crazy-Idealogist.
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:28PM

    What we are trying to bother on is, if something bad is under shades and hidious from Innocent kids, should be broughtout vividly without any sensible reason.. It shows, we aint in favour of utilizing our eductaion in enhencing,empowering and degnifing our islamic values but are on bid to promote as much promiscuty in the society as we can...Strange is that still we expect our family-fellows to remain pure...
    Today
    s problem is not something if west is abusing us, but problem is we are blackning our faces by abolishing our values and traditions, so that could be viewed beautifull in the eye of west, resultantly are doing hues and cries…
    Moral: try to reduce un-ethical things in society without thinking a part of ur life, coz U are`nt generating or adopting new thing in ur life-style, instead U are replacing and trading ur Islamic/pure humanistic values against westernization/davilious and deceptive pornities…!!

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