While sex is something that gives one physical as well as mental pleasure, it is a hush-hush for all when talked about in the society. Sex is one of the most basic instincts of a living being. However, why is it that it is considered to be a taboo in the land where the famous Kama Sutra was written? In India, the land of Kama Sutra, sex is still a taboo.
India is a well known for its rich culture and heritage. Next to China, it is the next best populated city in the world and the population is growing fast. In India, people follow a diversity of rituals and customs and have superstitious beliefs that change their lifestyle as well. For example, a person who has pre marital sex is not considered of good character. Again, a person who is not married is not permitted to give birth to a child. If there is child birth without marriage, then the offspring is called illegitimate. Marriage is very necessary for an individual to have sex and build up a family. This is something that should be behind the curtains. In India sex is not just for pleasure but for also giving birth to offspring’s of the next generation as well.
India follows orthodox customs and religious beliefs, which are unfortunately prevalent in the new generation too. However, with the sex education on rise, such superstitions are slowly but surely decreasing. The lifestyle of Indians, their marriage, following child birth, practice of death – everything is ruled by these beliefs that have come from the past.
As per Indian mythology, a husband should touch his wife only in a period of sixteen days within her periods. They cannot make love on the first four days, and the eleventh day and the thirteenth day. This means that there is very less time for a husband and wife to get together. Then there are beliefs that one should not conceive during the moonless nights, or else a demon will be born. Sex is something that should be performed only during the night, in a closed room- Not in broad daylight.
In a male dominated society, husbands use their wife only for their mere pleasure. They are really not bothered about their wife s satisfaction. Most women experience just few minutes’ pleasure. Sex is equivalent to a duty for them. Men fail to realize that physical satisfaction is not just all. Discussions are also important.
Despite so many superstitious beliefs and religious fancies, it can be concluded that the young generation has brought a change in the society. Lot of schools is now teaching sex education to children and parents have also opened up to their children. Sex should be an important topic of discussion to avoid contradictions. People like Mira Nair have made movies related to Indian Sex. The term taboo is slowly vanishing from the Indian context and people are talking more freely about sex.