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Outrage in China Over 'Backward Concepts' in Sex Education Book

The Straits Times ‐ Beijing, China, 6/30/2016

‘Young women who have sex before marriage are degenerates’. ‘A girl who gives her body for love will make the boy who ‘conquers’ her love her less’. ‘Premarital sex has a ‘tremendous negative psychological and physical impact on girls’. These are some of the assertions in a sexuality education textbook approved by a provincial education department in China that has led to an outcry on social media. Outraged by the text, Senior Middle School Student Scientific Sexuality Education, a teacher posted photos from the book on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, on June 24, 2016, unleashing a firestorm of comments. ‘I was so angry when I read the textbook,’ Ms Zhong Guangquan, the teacher from Guangdong province whose post started the online debate, told Chinese website Sixth Tone. ‘The concepts are backward, and all the negative comments are directed towards girls.’

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Section 377: CJI to Decide on Hearing New Petition by Celebrities

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 6/29/2016

The Supreme Court on June 29, 2016 said the Chief Justice will decide whether a 5-judge bench should be sent the petition submitted by high-profile celebrities, who have challenged the validity of Section 377 of the IPC, which criminalises homosexuality. A curative petition on the same issue is already pending in the SC with the 5-judge bench. The bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur had agreed to hear in an open court the curative plea of NGO 'Naz Foundation' and some gay rights activists.

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Sex Chat With Pappu & Papa: First Sex Education Fiction Series Coming Soon

The Times of India, India, 6/29/2016

Y-Films, the youth wing of Yash Raj Films, which is known to give quirky and path-breaking web series, are back with a novel show titled 'Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa'. Sex chat with Pappu and Papa is a unique show of its kind in India - and probably the world. A 5-part fiction series premiering on the Y-Films YouTube channel tells a story that will deliver information across different themes related to sex and sexuality.

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Gay Celebs Cite Right to Life, Move SC Against Section 377

The Times of India ‐ New Delhi, India, 6/28/2016

In what could lend more heft to the fight for their rights, leading lights of the LGBT community have moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of Section 377 of IPC to protect their sexual preferences, saying these are part and parcel of the right to life. The petition by dancer N S Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur will come up for hearing before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan on June 29, 2016 when the SC resumes business after a 45-day vacation. Leading lawyers Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar will argue for the petitioners.

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Sex Workers’ Groups, Rights Activists Call For A Rethink of Draft Bill on Trafficking

The Indian Express ‐ Pune, India, 6/28/2016

Sex workers’ organisations and rights activists have raised several concerns around the draft Bill on Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016.The draft Bill makes no provisions for prevention, rescue and rehabilitation for such people who may have been coerced into forced labour or organ transplantation. Indian laws continue to be centred around trafficking for sexual exploitation and abolishing sex work, said a release issued by the National Network of Sex Workers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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