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 per cent claimed to have had sex with a sex worker while 37 per cent said they had had a homosexual experience.
But 63 per cent 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 N 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 a condom.