Multicultural India has developed its discourse on sexuality differently based on its distinct regions with their own unique cultures. However, one common aspect remains: the existence of a subtle conspiracy of silence and taboos that clouds the Indian world of sexual desires and expressions. The origins of this silence towards India's rich contributions to sexuality and shunning of it almost are to be found in the repurcussions of the colonial rule and of the Bible. However, from the second half of the 20th century, several significant voices have challenged this silence imposed over sexuality and questioned the roles assigned to desires within the socio-political and artistic fields. Many recently published studies confirm the richness of India's erotic past and popular voices are now spotlighting this for the masses to know. A myriad of folk tales,  sculptures like those in Khajuraho ,   religious poetry  and scholary documents  reveal homoerotic content and how love and sex between women, men, gods, semi-gods and goddesses was expressed.
Indian authorities have launched a probe after it was revealed that there was not a single girl among the babies born across dozens of villages in northern Indian districts in the last three months, raising concerns of sex-selective abortion. According to the official birth records published in the Uttarkashi region in Uttarakhand province, there were no female babies from a total of villages, which now have been labeled as "red areas" that will be probed further by officials, New Delhi-based ANI News Agency reported. Ashish Chauhan, the district magistrate, said they "are monitoring these areas to find out what is affecting the ratio. A detailed survey and study will be conducted to identify the reason behind it," Chauchan was quoted by the agency. Chauhan added that families who continue this practice of sex-selective abortion would face legal action. Kalpana Thakur, an Indian social worker, told ANI News that the latest statistics from Uttarkashi district showed the authorities were not doing enough.
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NEW DELHI Thomson Reuters Foundation - Indian schoolchildren are learning about same-sex couples in a new textbook, in the latest sign of shifting attitudes in the socially conservative country following the decriminalization of gay sex last year. Authorities in the western state of Maharashtra have revised the syllabus for class 11 students, who are aged about 16, to include same-sex relationships and marriage. The book breaks away from conventional Indian teachings about family types - traditionally either nuclear or joint - to include single-parent families, unmarried cohabiting couples and step parents. It details the Supreme Court ruling that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime, and also includes a description of same-sex marriage - even though this remains illegal in India.