In India, despite several policy and program efforts, early marriage persists with considerable variation between and within states. Unraveling the complex drivers of early marriage in particular contexts requires careful site-specific diagnostic research. Whether and how these downward pressures on age at marriage are ameliorated by India's national and state efforts to foster later marriage is not well understood. As noted in this brief, research is required at the community level to understand the extent of actual implementation of various policies and programs intended to prevent early marriage and the extent to which such efforts have found acceptability among parents and the community. To begin to fill this gap in existing research, and to inform the possible future development of programs, the Population Council undertook an exploratory, qualitative study in the districts of Alwar and Tonk in Rajasthan. A qualitative study was conducted in eight villages selected to provide a wide representation of religious and caste groups. Data tools included in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews.
"'She knew only when the garland was put around her neck': Findings from an exploratory study on early marriage in Rajasthan," update. New Delhi: Population Council, 2006.