This paper synthesizes the key policies, laws, and programs in India that focus on or have implications for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. It includes a summary of what is known about the sexual and reproductive health situation of young people, an assessment of the salient features of current policies, laws, and programs, and a discussion of the extent to which these policies, laws, and programs have responded to the sexual and reproductive health needs of young women and men. The review by the Population Council clearly shows that there is considerable recognition of the importance of young people in defining India’s future, and a considerable commitment to meeting their needs, including those in the sexual and reproductive health and rights arenas. What is needed is a commitment to ensuring that programs do indeed reach young people, that the scope and content of programs are expanded, and that promising lessons are assimilated and scaled up.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J. and K.G. Santhya. 2011. "Sexual and reproductive health of young people in India: A review of policies, laws and programmes." New Delhi: Population Council.