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New View of Women’s Sexuality: The Case of India

The urgency of incorporating this more comprehensive understand­ ing of our sexuality palpably came home to me, yet again, because of a woman I am going to call Nisha. Nisha is a 28-year-old woman who has been married for over a year. She was referred to me by a feminist help line and although we have had a number of conversations over the phone, she has come to see me only twice, with a six-month gap in be­ tween. I am a clinical psychologist practicing on the south side of New Delhi, the capital of India. The south side is cosmopolitan and New Delhi’s more favored area. The clients in my rather successful practice are by and large educated, well-informed and financially favored. The female to male ratio in my nine-year-old practice has roughly been 60 to 40. I primarily work with issues of mental health but obviously have had to deal with issues of sexuality, although they are not pivotal to my work.