The five-part series show focuses on menstruation, masturbation, pornography, virginity, and the preference for a male child.
Sex Ki Adalat, a five-part Hindi web series on sex education that employs the dramatic devices which make primetime soaps so wildly popular, premiered earlier this week.
The name of the show - which focuses on menstruation, masturbation, pornography, virginity, and the preference for a male child - is an obvious pun on senior journalist Rajat Sharma's talk-show Aap Ki Adalat.
Sex Ki Adalat "builds on the impact and success of the edutainment show Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon by the Population Foundation of India (PFI) and creator-director Feroz Abbas Khan," reads the description of the first YouTube episode
The first episode debunks the misconception that a woman determines the sex of her child. If you paid attention to your biology teacher in eight grade, you'll know that only a male gamete - or sex cell - can contribute a Y chromosome. That's the chromosome with the SRY gene, the code for a protein involved in testes growth and the inhibition of female gonad development.
THE DANGER OF IGNORANCE
Gamete? Chromosome? Gonad? In a country where the knowledge contained in high school textbook isn't easily accessible to every citizen, the performing arts, and especially those oeuvres that use vernacular languages, have a vital role to play in educating the citizenry.
As the repentant husband tells the judge in Sex Ki Adalat's first episode, "Hum ko yeh chromosome-wali baat nahin malum tha. X kya hota hai, Y kya hota hai, hum ko nahin malum tha (I didn't know about chromosomes. I didn't know about X and Y)."
But while his story has a happy ending, the consequences of this kind of ignorance can be devastating in real life. Only weeks ago, a report said a woman had been thrashed with hockey sticks, allegedly for giving birth to a girl.
And in 2017, female foeticide and infanticide are still far from being things of the past. The numbers paint a damning portrait. A recent report from the Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry says that the sex ratio in the 15-29 age bracket has been on the decline since 1991. It was 939 (939 girls or women for 1000 boys or men) in 2011, and could be as low as 898 in 2031, according to the World Bank.Image Copyright: google