New Delhi: At a time when the buzz word is equality, most Indian women still prefer to settle for a pillion ride when it comes to relationships and dating, reveals a survey. And preference was not out of free choice, but driven by cultural taboos in India.
When unmarried Indians were asked, "would you ever make the first move in a relationship?" as many as 70.2 percent women said 'no;' 19.3 percent said 'yes' and 10.5 percent said 'maybe.'
When the women were asked 'why not?' 50.3 percent said, 'fear of being labelled,' 15.7 percent said 'fear of rejection' and 34 percent said ‘want men to ask first.'
When women were asked, 'How do you think men will react,' 45.2 percent said ‘Men will judge,' 34.7 percent said, ‘He won't believe' followed by 20.1 percent who said, ‘He will be intimidated.'
When the same women were asked, "what are the benefits of making the first move?' 35.1 percent of them said ‘will get to choose my partner,' 23.7 percent said, ‘Won't need to wait' followed by 41.2 percent who said ‘won't lose out on good men.'
The survey was conducted by one of the leading match-making website to understand the view of single women on making the first move in relationship.
The online poll received over 8,600 responses from single/unmarried Indians aged between 25 and 32. There were 49 percent women (4,214) and 51 percent men (4,386).
When unmarried Indians were asked "Would you ever make the first move in a relationship?", as many as 70.2 percent women said 'No', 19.3 percent said 'Yes' and 10.5 percent said 'Maybe'.
These numbers are different for men. About 90 percent said ‘Yes', only six percent said ‘No' and four percent said ‘Maybe'.
Gourav Rakshit, CEO of a matrimonial site said in a statement: "While women stand shoulder-to-shoulder in all fields, in relationships they still wait for the man to make the first move."
"In our new campaign #LadiesFirst, we have tried to change the mindset, by asking women to make the first move in relationships. The response has been really encouraging and I hope we have been able to challenge the stereotype, and help young men and women break some of these."
(With inputs from IANS)