Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre.Here's more on the study. From The Times of India:
The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers.
The conclusion of all this scientific endeavour is that about 60% of Indian men have penises which are between three and five centimetres shorter than international standards used in condom manufacture.
“As per international standards, most condoms are 150 mm to 180 mm in length and 44 to 56 mm in width. But data collected in Mumbai till 2001 showed that 60% of the participants measured 126 to 156 mm in length and 30% between 100 and 125 mm,’’ said a city researcher, pointing out that there was a difference of at least 5 cm in length.
All the number-crunching is essentially expected to improve the sizing of condoms which have a notorious failure rate of upto 20% in India. "Studies have shown that failure rate of condoms was 2% in clinical trials, but as high as 18 to 20% when studied among the general population. While improper usage is one of the reasons, there is also condom slippage or tear which is associated with the size of the condom in relation to an erect penis," according to Dr Chander Puri, director of ICMR’s National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Parel.