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Government data reveals Jharkhand tops list of states with highest percentage of child marriages

According to a demographic study carried out by the Union Home Ministry, Jharkhand has the highest percentage of underage girls getting married.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Child marriages are still in vogue in India. In several parts of the country, especially  girls get married before attaining their real age. The practice has been going on. The latest government survey reveals this fact.

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According to a demographic study carried out by the Union Home Ministry, Jharkhand has the highest percentage of underage girls getting married. The Registrar General and Census Commissioner’s office carried out the survey in 2020, and its findings were released in September this year.

The survey revealed that up to 5.8% of girls in Jharkhand get married before they turn 18 years old. According to the survey, “the percentage of girls who successfully married before turning 18 is 1.9 at the national level and varies from 0.0 in Kerala to 5.8 in Jharkhand.”

The survey report makes it clear that  Jharkhand accounted for three percent of weddings in urban areas and 7.3% of marriages in rural areas 

According to the report, Jharkhand and West Bengal are currently the only two states in the country where more than half of the women get married before turning 21 years old.

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The survey data claims, 54.9% of girls in West Bengal marry before reaching the age of 21, compared to 54.6 percent in Jharkhand, which is significantly higher than the national average of 29.5%.

The Sample Registration System (SRS) Statistical Report provides estimates for a number of demographic, fertility, and mortality indices using information gathered from one of the largest demographic surveys ever conducted, which included a sample population of 8.4 million people.

 

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