In a country which protests against public display of affection , talking about Sex is still a taboo.Our teachers still shy away from teaching the reproduction process in schools. We wait for our turn at a Chemist’s shop and refrain from shouting aloud that we need a sanitary napkin who in turns packs it in a black polythene bag.
Allow me to get inside the past and bring shocking facts about India. It derives it’s name from Bharata , who was born out of a pre marital relationship between Shakuntala , the beautiful maiden and daughter of sage Kanya with Dushyanata , a king. Hinduism never approves free sex nor condoms pre marital relationship.
In the epic Mahabharta , Kunti , the mother of Pandavas beget a son , Karna from the Sun before getting married to Pandu .Fearing condemnation from the family , she deserts the new born baby who eventually grows up to become a great warrior.
Hindu texts catalog eight means of varying degrees of acceptability of acquiring a bride. Gāndharva vivāha is one of those. In this type of marriage, a woman selects her own mate. The two consensually agree to live together. Sensual passion drives the consummation of their relationship, which didn’t require parental or societal consent. In other words, premarital sexual courtship was allowed in gāndharva vivāha.
Religions are oppressive toward women and commoditize them. The feminine sexuality is feared and violently denied. If her behavior gets out of patriarchal control, she must be cruelly punished.
Hinduism views sexuality as natural and the feminine as sacred. The Ṥatapatha Brāhmaṇa (5:2:1:10) declares that the woman is the “better half of the man.”