- 33 per cent have had pre-marital sex, while 50 per
cent deny having it
- The average age for the first sexual encounter
before marriage is 20 years. The average number is four
- Madras has the highest prevalence of pre-marital
sex at 60 per cent
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...