This Population Council policy brief documents the magnitude of early marriage and early childbearing in India and sheds light on young people’s marriage-related planning and preparedness for married life, and the nature of married life. While child marriage is particularly evident among young women, it is notable that significant proportions of young men too have married below the legal minimum age at marriage for males. Findings call for multi-pronged efforts to eliminate the practice of early marriage among young men and women, and to support newlywed young women. Ensuring that these programs reach young people and the influential adults in their lives, that they are responsive to the particular vulnerabilities of youth in different geographic settings, and that promising lessons are assimilated and scaled up is crucial.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2010. "Transition to marriage and parenthood among youth in India," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 33. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study