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Marriages below legal age among Indian men and women 2013-14 by wealth index

Illegal marriages in India among women below 18 years of age belonging to the lowest wealth index amounted to about 45 percent, while for men below 21 years old within the same wealth index, it was close to 30 percent.

Share of marriages below the legal age among men and women across India in 2013 and 2014, based on wealth index*

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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.
The wealth index in this survey was constructed using data on household possession of assets, infrastructure and housing characteristics collected in the household questionnaire.
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 Marriage Act respectively.

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