The Kerala High Court in the case of Anoop v state of Kerala regarding a bail application invoked its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution expressing its disappointment at the State for not taking measures to include prevention-oriented programmes on sexual abuse as part of the school curriculum and directed the state to constitute a committee of experts to look into the issue. The directions were given to the State Government and CBSE to identify the mode and methodology for imparting an age-appropriate oriented programme on sexual abuse, saying there is a lack of awareness among the youngsters on the consequences of sexual offences and their ramifications.
Recently the Director of General Education being the Chairman of the committee, informed Kerala High Court that steps are being taken to commence classes related to sexual awareness in schools from the upcoming academic year, and measures are being taken to make it a part of the curriculum as soon as possible.
The Court was satisfied with the intentions of the DEG and suggested that “Since the Kerala State Legal Services Authority had made significant suggestions regarding the topics to be included in the curriculum, their presence through a representative could enrich the Committee’s deliberations. Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA) can contribute significantly to the creation of the curriculum”.