- As many as 67 per cent of Indian women believe masturbation is unhealthy.
- Forty-one per cent don't know if sex should be discussed with children.
- A staggering 62 per cent say they won't advise their children to use condoms.
THE Indian woman hasn't come a long way. But then, she's never had a guiding hand. Treated as an inanimate object by her insensitive mate, conditioned into believing her sexuality is a sin, her curiosity repressed by centuries of overpowering male domination, she is trying to grope her way out of the darkness of her bedroom.
A few sparks of knowledge, and she is a woman transformed. This is powerfully borne out by the findings of a report titled ' Women in AIDS ', compiled by the All-India Women's Conference (AIWC), in collaboration with NORAD, a Norwegian development agency, which is to be released in December.
"Should sex education be introduced in schools?" the researchers asked 750 middle-class women between the ages of 18 and 60, in 19 centres...