Marriages below legal age among Indian men and women - by social group 2014

This statistic describes the results of a survey among Indian households about the share of marriage below legal age among men and women in 2013-14, based on their social group. For instance, illegal marriages among women below 18 years of age belonging to scheduled castes amounted to about 18 percent, while for men below 21 years old within the same social group, it was close to 17 percent.

Share of marriages below the legal age among men and women across India in 2013-14, based on social group*

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Sources

Release date

June 2016

Region

India

Survey time period

November 2013 to May 2014

Number of respondents

105,483 respondents

Special properties

Among rural and urban households across 28 states

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, this data was for marriages three years prior to the survey period.
In India, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe (SC/ST) and OBCs are officially recognised by the constitution as groups of disadvantaged indigenous people. They are the primary beneficiaries of reservation policies under the constitution. The colloquial terms for SCs and STs are Dalits and Adivasis respectively.
Note: The legal age for marriage in India is 18 years for women and 21 years for men, although there are exceptions under the Muslim and Hindu Marraige Act respectively.

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