NEW DELHI - Nearly
two-thirds of young Indian men expect the woman they marry to be a virgin, but
nearly half have had sex with prostitutes, according to a poll.
The survey of more than 2,500 men aged between 16 and 25 conducted by India
Today magazine across 11 cities found that 49 percent claimed to have had sex
with a sex worker while 37 percent said they had had a homosexual experience.
But 63 percent of young men in conservative India said they expected the
women they married to be a virgin.
The average age of their first sexual encounter appears to be falling -- to
18 years from 23 in a similar survey two years ago, but condom use is on the
rise, the report said. More than half of the men surveyed said they always used
Fourteen percent of those surveyed said they had had sex with a member of
their own family.