New Delhi, June 27 : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan seems to be behind the times on the issue of sex education. “I have respect for Dr. Harshvardhan, but he seems to be behind the times. The old-fashioned attitudes are simply not going to work. His stand on morality may not be practiced by the young of today,” said Tharoor.

“From the public health point of view, it’s really important that the authorities understand what the youth of our country are. There is insufficient understanding regarding why sex knowledge is unfit. The health minister needs to hone up before taking policy decisions,” he added. Earlier, Dr. Harsh Vardhan had created a stir by stating in his website that sex education in schools should be banned.

Harshvardhan had also made an equally controversial statement on prevention of AIDS saying, “Condoms promise safe sex, but the safest sex is through faithfulness to one’s partner. Prevention is always better than cure.”