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Views of sexuality around male dominance and female suppression are not always accurate. Khanna examines changing views in colonial and post-colonial India, to show an ongoing fight by women for control of their sexuality. Her journey goes through child marriage, prostitution, missionary influence, and expectations of motherhood, to campaigns and programmes for contraception and safe motherhood, and against HIV, STDs, violence, and population control policies. To obtain gender equality, sexuality must be seen holistically in all its historical, socio-cultural, spiritual and biological facets. Women in India are attending self-help groups and workshops to explore issues of reproduction as a vital step towards their empowerment.

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