Karma Sutra: Abhay Deol talks about Hinduism’s ‘puritanical views on sex’
The nephew of one of Bollywood’s biggest veterans – Dharmendra, had caused quite a stir after talking about sex.
The rising star, who joined ‘filmistan’ in 2005, has been described by critics ‘as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters’. But Abhay, who recently broke-up with longtime girlfriend Preeti Desai, raised some eyebrows with his post on Facebook.
The star talked about the recent Indian police raid at a hotel in the Madh Island where couples frequent for ‘secretive sex’.
It was reported how a 19-year-old girl who had been rounded up had been feeling suicidal because of the trauma and stigma from the raid and because her parents had not been speaking to her.
Another report emerged where a 21-year-old girl, who was in a hotel room with her fiance whom she is set to marry in a month, had alleged that she’d been slapped by a female constable and felt her rights as an Indian citizen were violated.
The ‘moral policing action’ that took place sparked outrage, and was even criticised by Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria who said: “If two consenting adults are inside a hotel room, it is none of the police’s business.”
Talking about this, Abhay said to an online Indian magazine: “Making us feel ashamed of ourselves through sex is the oldest and easiest trick in the book.
“People all over the world have been doing it for generations.
“In fact, it's gone from being a trick, to becoming a culture by itself. It was introduced through the Hindu religion at one time, and the only way for many to enforce it today is through laws. Ironically, many of the more puritanical views on sex aren't even a part of our Vedic texts.
“Our history shows we had a scientific way of living and if you want to speak specifically about sex, then that too was looked upon as being natural.
“It's no coincidence that our mythology is peppered with details of the sex lives of our gods. It's normal to worship the penis in our country. So then, why is sex demonised so often?
“The answers lie in our culture... in the day-to-day lives of people in our country. Indulgence of any sort is harmful - ironically, it comes exactly for that very thing which we are trying to sweep under the rug.”