~A five-part web-series, Sex Ki Adalat busting myths around sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents~
Mumbai: Every third Indian is a young person in the 10 - 24 years age group, as per the Indian Census 2011. The new web series Sex Ki Adalat (Court of Sex) by Population Foundation of India (PFI) reaches out to this extremely valuable population in their space, by speaking their language and bringing their questions and doubts to the fore.
Sex Ki Adalat brings myths and misconceptions around subjects such as masturbation, virginity, sex-selection, pornography, and menstruation centre stage. The courtroom drama series builds on the impact and success of PFI and Feroz Abbas Khan’s edutainment show Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon, and focuses on sensitive subjects through real-life situations.
The five-episode series discusses critical issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of the youth and adolescents. It uses the entertainment – education format to build awareness and start a healthy discussion on social media platforms.
“By sensitively--through back and forth carefully-crafted, engagingly animated dialogue—Sex ki Adalat brings out unspoken topics like masturbation and menstruation in the public sphere, and by questioning deep-seated norms about virginity and male child, the dark ignorance and societal arrogance with respect to sexuality is laid bare. Such is done with grace, accuracy, and emotions --albeit with vyang (humor and parody), making the unspeakable not just talkable, but also seriously (laughable),” says Dr. Arvind Singhal, Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Dr. Singhal specialises in the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change and the entertainment-education strategy in behaviour change communication.
“Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon has had an extremely significant impact on our audience and we wanted to push the conversation by creating content for a younger age group. With Sex Ki Adalat, PFI wants to explore the digital space and reach out to the youth, who spend a lot of time online and seek information through digital platforms," says Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India.