While many NRIs come to India looking for an Indian bride or groom, Indian women need to be aware of the finding of a recent study about the sexual preferences of Indian men.
As many as 25 percent men have committed sexual violence and 20 percent have admitted to have forced their wives or partner to have sex.
These are some of the disturbing results of a survey – International Men and Gender Equality Survey conducted by Washington-based International Centre for Research on Women and Instituto Promundo in Brazil.
Indian men have fared even worse than tribal-based communities of Rwanda. Less than two in 100 Brazilian males and less than 9 in 100 men in Chile, Croatia, Mexico and Rwanda have committed sexual violence, according to the survey of men in six developing countries.
The researchers interviewed 8,000 men and 3,500 women, aged 18 to 59, from these countries.
Only 17 percent Indian men qualified to the ‘highly equitable’ (gender-just) category, according to a report in the Times of India. The percentage was the lowest for this category among the six countries, the news report added.
Further disturbing findings about Indian men revealed that two in three Indian men believe that women should tolerate violence to keep the family together and that women sometimes deserved to be beaten, the news report added.
The survey also reveals an intriguing criminal side of Indian men. While Indians ranked high on the sexual and physical domestic violence, they were under-represented in crime in society.
Only 4 percent Indian men had participated in robbery and 7 percent had been involved in fights with weapons, compared to 36 percent men in Croatia and 22 percent in Brazil.
“Indian men are far more traditional, to put it mildly. Even young, educated men are not changing as rapidly as women. They are still living in the old ages,” Ravi Verma, director of ICRW’s Asia regional office in Delhi, told the Times Of India.
These findings are concerning for overseas Indians – both men and women, who often visit India for a suitable wife or husband.