Indian women not interested in sex, survey finds

NEW DELHI: Despite living next to erotic temple art in a land that produced the Kama Sutra, the world's oldest sex treatise, it seems Indian women are not interested in sex, a survey by a leading newsmagazine suggests. 

And premarital sex? Forget about it. Don't even think of talking about oral sex, the respondents to a weekend survey by India Today said. 

Most Indian women are trapped between “propriety and pleasure,” the survey of women aged 19 to 50 found. 

“For 25% of women nationwide sexuality is still a problem area, treating it as they do with inexplicable indifference.” 

At least 41% of women polled said that they did not know or at least would not comment on oral sex. 

“Frequent sex doesn't translate into better sex,” the poll concluded. 

“Only 8% have sex daily. Masturbation and extramarital sex, associated with guilt across the world by women, have few takers in India,” said the poll. A staggering 75% of Indian women never masturbated. 

Women were interviewed in their homes in 10 cities across the world's second most populous nation by the newsmagazine and AC Nielsen's Org Marg. 

As many as 2,305 women were interviewed. The survey report did not specify the margin of error. 

It found women in the southern city of Madras were most conservative, while women here were comparatively happy to experiment in bed. 

Overall, the survey showed most women still believed in traditional marriages and fidelity, although 67% claimed they would “talk and sort it out” if their partner strayed. 

Even talking about sex is taboo in parts of India, the magazine found. The poll ran into some trouble in the northern city of Jaipur, where “some questionnaires were torn and even police complaints registered.” 

In keeping with the conservative findings, the survey said 64% of Indian women did not approve of sex before marriage, which echoes responses to a survey conducted last year by The Week magazine entitled “What Women Want” and another by Outlook magazine. 

The India Today survey did, however, note glaring inconsistencies in this year's poll. 

“Some women were willing to tick the number of partners they have had outside marriage. They know where their erogenous zones are and find oral sex and foreplay essential ingredients of gourmet sex,” said the magazine. – AFP  

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