Pre-marital Sex More Common Among Rural Youths: Study


New Delhi, Feb 20: Rural youths are more likely than their urban cousins to have pre-marital sex, according to a study released by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here Saturday.

Overall, 15 percent men and four percent women reported engaging in pre-marital sex.

But "17 percent men in rural areas engaged in pre-marital sex compared to 10 percent in cities while four percent women in rural areas engaged in sex before marriage against two percent in cities," found the study conducted under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The study found that youths in both urban and rural areas were engaging in unprotected sex, raising the need to provide sex education to adolescents in the country.

The study was conducted in six states - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu - between 2006 and 2008, involving over 58,000 youths in the age group of 15-29 years.

"We have data from states which says that more than eight percent of young people below the age of 19 years have experimented with sex. In our changing society both boys and girls are definitely in need of information and counselling," Azad said after releasing the study.

Findings show that condoms use within pre-marital sexual relationship was almost non-existent and a majority of those engaging in pre-marital sex had multiple partners.

The study also found that detailed awareness of contraceptive methods was limited, particularly among sexually active young women.

"Awareness of HIV/AIDS was limited among sexually experienced youth with majority of women unaware of it," the study said.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who also attended the release function, said: "While awareness of contraceptive is high, its exact uses are shockingly low, with 70 percent of young women unaware of the fact that a condom can be used only once."

The study was carried out by the Population Council, Delhi and International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai.


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  • Alban D' Souza, Udyavara, Doha Qatar

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    If one follows a religion and God and wants to lead a healthy life for the future then it completely inhuman and should be condemned. Because any religion gives everyone a code of conduct in the society.This is immoral and one loses the dignity of human life itself. Early sex is also harmful for future health and life as nowardays aids spread take care.

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  • Felix F., India/Ksa

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    Sex is immune to religion, rich or poor, urban or rural, white-black-brown or yellow, educated or ignorant. So there is no need to make a big issue saying Pre-marital Sex More Common Among Rural Youths: Honey moon story which every one knows is the best example

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur/USA

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    A father asked his 11 year old daughter,"What did you study today?"
    "Oh, we had lectures on sex," was the reply.
    "Lectures, on sex? What did they tell you?"
    "Well, first there was nun who told us WHY we shouldn't.
    Then a doctor told us HOW we shouldn't.
    Finally the principal told us WHERE we shouldn't." (Google?)

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  • Rajesh Mendonca, Belman

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    Yes I completely agree with Nazia, DXB Mangalore

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  • shahir khan, kudroli / KSA

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    very good comment by nazia...

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    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    MANE YE MODALA PATA SHALE.educating(SEX)right from the home is best medicine.

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  • Nazia,dxb, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    EVERY PARTNERS B4 GETTING MARRIED SHOULD HAVE THEIR HIV TEST DONE.I STRONGLY CONDEMN PREMARITAL SEX or extra marital affairs.Almighty has given a solution for us to hav sex legally via MARRIAGE-most beautiful treasure in life,then y go 4 illegal things?

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    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    We must discourage pre-marital sex on youths.

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  • rajesh, mangalore/dubai

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    sex education should be made compulsory after 8th grade atleast for one year.

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