Jejeebhoy and colleague Rajib Acharya focused on 2,306 young married women, between 15 and 24 years, in rural and urban Maharashtra. About 17.2 per cent urban women reported being beaten at least once by their spouses and 15.5 urban women reported forced sex¸ affecting their well-being. The studies also suggest that cultural reasons — including the belief that sex is a routine duty — often don’t let Indian women view sex as "forced" even when it is unwanted. However, women who knew their husbands well at the time of marriage faced lower risks of unwanted sex. Older women too were less vulnerable. A majority of housewives who give in to forced sex do so because they cannot resist.