An old Indian proverb says that when a man comes into a room and sees a woman, he must ask why she is there.
The answer is simple: She is here to satisfy his need for sex.
This is what makes sex in India unique, says Vinod Kumar, a professor of modern Indian history and culture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
India’s obsession with sex, and the sexual culture that surrounds it, are rooted in the colonial era, when many of the women who migrated to the new country came from rural areas and their own family.
They were the “daughters of slaves” whose husbands “didn’t want them,” he said.
Today, it is a fact of life for Indian women.
It is estimated that about a quarter of Indian women live in rural areas, and that roughly a quarter are married, according to a 2014 survey by the Institute of Women’s Studies.
The average age of Indian men is 36, and a woman is twice as likely as a man to be in poverty.
In rural India, the expectation for marriage is low: A marriage is considered a stepping stone to the family’s prosperity.
So what does sex in rural India look like?
India’s history is replete with the idea of a single, unchanging, immutable space in which men and women can freely and safely be together.
In the 19th century, many of these ideas were embraced by Hindu nationalists who saw their religion as a counterweight to Christianity.
India became a Hindu majority country in 1947.
By that time, Hindus in rural regions of India had taken to their homes for a variety of reasons, including a desire to escape the oppression of Hindu landlords and their patriarchal culture.
In their quest to reclaim their ancestral lands and their traditional culture, Hindus began to use sex to build a more egalitarian society.
Today sex is part of everyday life, and has become the most widely used tool in the modern state.
This was not always the case.
Before the advent of the modern era, India was divided into many different states and regions, with distinct customs and laws that shaped how they interacted.
Some areas, like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, had more stringent laws and rituals, while others, like Tamil Nadu, were more relaxed and tolerant of sexual activities.
In Kerala, where Tamil Nadu was part of India, sex was prohibited, but in parts of the state, it was allowed.
In parts of rural India where people were more accepting of sex, it wasn’t so much the taboo of the past as the possibility of new possibilities.
Sex was more widely practiced in these regions, and sex was the main way women in India could express their love and affection, said D.J. Sreejith, a sociologist at the University of Madras who has studied sex and marriage.
Many people today don’t know that sex was still a taboo in some parts of India until the 1960s.
The fact that sex is still taboo today is due to social pressures, Sreekith said.
“If a woman comes into the room and she is not wearing a burqa or wearing a nikab (a full veil) she is a virgin.
She doesn’t have to explain herself,” Sreevith said in an interview.
“And if she is seen naked in public, she’s not seen as a virgin.”
The Indian state of Maharashtra has the highest number of registered marriages in India, with more than 2,500 in 2016, according, the National Marriage Registration Authority.
Sreeshith said many of those marriages were performed by men who didn’t have a clear understanding of what marriage is.
“It’s the most common misconception,” Sreeshaith said, referring to people’s perception that “nobody does it.”
In the 1960’s, the first wave of feminism swept across India, but the ideology of women’s rights didn’t catch on, and it was in the 1980s that sex finally became an issue.
In 1975, a group of feminist activists launched the first campaign called the Sex-Based Defense Committee to combat the practice of “rape” in the name of women.
The campaign gained traction and was later renamed the Sex Liberation Front.
In 1992, the Indian Supreme Court declared that “sex has become an integral part of the fabric of society” and declared marriage “unconstitutional.”
This set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to India becoming a nation of laws, Sreeshiith said on a recent visit to Mumbai.
This led to laws that prohibited marital rape and forced the divorce of women who entered into sexual relationships outside marriage.
But many in the country, including the Indian media, believed that this change was the result of pressure from conservative religious groups and conservative politicians who felt women would not marry and therefore they could not be protected by the laws that had been enacted in the 1950s and 1960s that protected women from rape.
The debate over sex