Back home, his parents are looking for a perfect match for him. He also has one unspoken prerequisite — the girl must be a virgin. It is immaterial that Amit is not one himself. Call it double standards, the cost of straddling a la-la land between tradition or modernity or just plain old hypocrisy, the fact is that the youth of urban India hardly practise what they preach. See: Rooted to traditions, casual sex remains a no-no Delhi-based psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Chugh explains, "While women are far more empowered today and ready to embrace their sexuality, the male mindset has hardly changed. The trope of the virginal bride still holds.
Sex in India: What data shows
Premarital sex - Wikipedia
A judge in the Indian capital, Delhi, has said that pre-marital sex is "immoral" and against the "tenets of every religion". Judge Virender Bhat made the remarks after ruling that sex between two adults on the promise of marriage did not amount to rape. Last year, a court in Delhi said live-in relationships were immoral and an "infamous product of Western culture". Judge Bhat presides over a fast-track court set up in the Indian capital to dispose of cases relating to sexual offences against women.
Men are mostly likely to have had their first sexual intercourse at the age of , the data shows. For women, the peak age at first sex is lower at The difference between the genders is primarily on account of the difference in the ages at which they tend to get married. Most sexual encounters in India tend to be of the conjugal kind, the data suggests.
Pre-marital sex has always been disapproved of in Indian society and the general attitude is reflected in the survey. What is interesting, however, is that in the large metros, Delhi 27 per cent , Bombay 31 per cent and Calcutta 26 per cent , pre-marital sex is accepted as a fact of life and does not carry the same stigma of disapproval as elsewhere. In Madras, however, the prevalence of pre-marital sex is the highest at 60 per cent, Lucknow coming a poor second at 37 per cent. Amongst the cities, Bangalore has the lowest incidence at 22 per cent. The percentage of those who had premarital sex was