A new report has revealed the dark face of sexual life of Indian couple in the country. According to a report under the title, ‘Consent and Coercion: Examining Unwanted Sex Among Married Young Women in India’, almost 50% of young wives in Gujarat and West Bengal experience unwanted sex in married life.
Among the fifty percent of these cases, 12%of Indian young wives experience it frequently and another 32% experience it occasionally. The report has been published in the September issue of International Family Planning Perspectives.
The health magazine had conducted the survey and in-depth interviews with 1,644 young married women in these two states. The author of the report, K G Santhya, who works with the International NGO Population Council, identified several factors that might foretell a woman’s chances of experiencing unwanted sex with her husband.
According to the report, the wealthier women or the women who knew their husbands before marriage are less likely to experience unwanted sex in comparison with other young women.
The report says further that the recently married young women are the frequent victims of forced sex in comparison with pregnant women or new mothers.
According to Santhya, the strain to have a first child makes some young married women defenseless to sexual coercion done by their husbands. Illiteracy is the biggest factor that compels Young women at greater risk of unwanted sex than their more educated peers.
The report also suggested valuable insights for programs and policies to protect young women from unwanted sex after marriage. The report says that a specific program is needed to address men’s sense of entitlement when it comes to sex within marriage.