Delaying marriage for girls in India: A formative research to design for changing norms.


In India child marriage has been forbidden for more than a hundred years, but the fact is that the percentage of women in the age group of 20-24 years who married before attaining the minimum legal age of marriage at 18 is still 43 per cent, as per DLHS 3. Although child marriage is declining, the pace of change is far too slow and child marriage rates remain unacceptably high. Child marriage is not prevalent only among isolated or backward communities in certain states: it is widespread all over the country and affects all social groups.   This study on understanding the social norms around child marriage and the barriers to delayed marriage of girls was commissioned by UNICEF with the aim of contributing and informing the plans and programs led by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, India. It proposes an actionable intervention strategy to delay marriage and brings a better understanding of the gender norms,economic considerations or the role of positive deviants,but more importantly,translates them into specific recommendations to delay age at marriage.





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