The girls involved are usually from the lower-caste Dalit community.
Men are mostly likely to have had their first sexual intercourse at the age of , the data shows. For women, the peak age at first sex is lower at The difference between the genders is primarily on account of the difference in the ages at which they tend to get married. Most sexual encounters in India tend to be of the conjugal kind, the data suggests. Thus, women tend to have sex at an earlier age because they get married at a younger age. However, there are important differences across people with different educational attainments. People with higher levels of education tend to stay in college longer, and hence get married later. The age at first intercourse for such people therefore tends to be later. As the chart shows, the curves shift right-wards for both men and women when their educational attainment goes up. The data suggests that pre-marital sex is still a taboo across large swathes of the country.
Interestingly, in Rig Vedic times, boys and girls were married around the same age.
Authorities in a northern India state launched an investigation this week to uncover why no girls were born in villages in three months. Over the past three months, not a single girl was born in villages in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, according to local authorities. An investigation was launched over the weekend after official data revealed that of the children born in villages in the Uttarkashi district, not one was female, according to Asian News International ANI. Successive Indian governments have attempted to address the problem, passing legislation and launching headline-grabbing national awareness campaigns. A act banning prenatal sex determination tests forbids health providers -- including laboratories and clinics -- from disclosing the sex of the fetus to a pregnant women and her relatives.
Perched almost a mile above sea level and circled by majestic Himalayan peaks, Uttarkashi is a spot where religious pilgrims often make a pit stop before proceeding on the sacred Hindu Char Dham Yatra, the Four Abode Pilgrimage, which they believe will bring them closer to salvation. With its verdant landscape, dotted by temples and yoga ashrams, Uttarkashi is a place of breathtaking beauty. But all is not well in this peaceful Himalayan district. Between February and April, not a single female child was born here in births across the villages.