She know only when the garland was put around her neck': Findings from an exploratory study on early marriage in Rajasthan.


he study was conducted in rural settings in the districts of Alwar and Tonk in Rajasthan, India. With 41 percent of 15-19-year-old girls and 15 percent of boys already married, the state of Rajasthan records the highest rates of early marriage among all states in India. The study districts were purposely selected to represent contrasting situations with respect to rates of early marriage — Alwar  representing districts with rates of early marriage similar to that of the state average and Tonk representing high prevalence districts.

Research Report. New Delhi: Population Council.

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