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25% young girls sexually active: Survey

One in four girls and young unmarried women in a countrywide survey were found to be sexually active, but barely 16 per cent had used contraception during their first sexual encounter. Over 17 per cent of those who had had sex were driven by curiosity.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2009 00:55 IST
Alifiya Khan

One in four girls and young unmarried women in a countrywide survey were found to be sexually active, but barely 16 per cent had used contraception during their first sexual encounter. Over 17 per cent of those who had had sex were driven by curiosity.

City-based doctor, Duru Shah, and researchers of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India, surveyed 3,500 young girls aged between 15 and 25 years from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, in roughly 10 metros and towns.

Questions about sexual activity were directed at only 2,400 women in the sample who were not married.

Of the total sample, 41 per cent said the media had been their only source of information about sex and contraception. One in five said their mothers had not given them any information.

“There are many areas of concern that these statistics have thrown up,” said Shah, who conducted the survey under the Federation’s adolescent health programme.

“That mothers don’t talk to their daughters shows that people are still in their cocoons where sex is concerned. As a result, girls indulge in it with no proper knowledge, often ending up with diseases and unwanted pregnancies.”