Last November, India Today (with AC Neilsen and others) reported on their fourth ever national sex survey [Thanks reader sohwhat!]. This time round they focussed on India’s youth. Here are some highlights (from behind the subscription wall, although you can see a summary of their findings in this Reuters article):
- “46% single 16-25-year-old males have had sex, 10% higher than the 2004 survey”
- “37% single young men have had a homosexual experience, compared to 31% in 2004″
- “The average age of first sexual encounter for men has come down from 23 in 2004 to 18.”
Some of these findings, by the way, don’t quite add up. For example, while only 46% of young males claimed to have had sex, “49% young men have had sex with sex workers. In Ludhiana, it as high as 63%.” That seems a bit bizarre. After all, if you’ve had sex with a sex worker, you’ve had sex.
Also, the idea that close to 50% of all males have had sex with a sex worker, if true, is trouble from the perspective of the spread of HIV.
As for the women, some admit to having sex, but not as many, and they’re starting later than the boys:
- “In 2005… only 24 per cent single women between the ages of 18 and 30 … had had sex.”
- “42 per cent [of single women] said they had their first sexual encounter between the ages of 19 and 21.”
Despite this busyness in the sack for both sexes, both men and women say women should stay virgins until they are married:
- “63% single young men expect the woman they marry to be a virgin, 10% lower than in 2004″
- “In the 2005 survey of single women, 66 per cent agreed, saying women should remain virgins till they are married.”
The most disturbing finding was one about the prevalence of incest, which implies that a large number of females are having forced sex with family members:
- “14 per cent [of single males] claim to have had sex with family members.”
That number is horrifying enough, but when you consider that there was likely under-reporting, it’s even more disturbing.
All quotes from the India Today Sex Survey Cover Article, “Men in a Muddle“