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Reducing child marriages and delaying the marriage of younger women in India may have momentous outcome in improving child health and educational outcomes, a study has found.

The research discovered that the children of women who got married later were more probable to inclusive their required vaccinations, have a higher weight-for-height.


Their children were also more liable to enroll at school, as well as achieve better grades in reading maths.

Getting married earlier, the women have different preference with lack of understandings. That was because she has less knowledge regarding health, probably lower bargaining power and gives birth to several children, affecting their well-being and future aspects, said Annemie Maertens from the University of Sussex in Britain.


This  stud was, published in the Journal of Development Economics, the team looked at more than 32,000 women, aged 15-40, living in both rural and urban households across all over  India.

Although the officially permitted marriageable age in India is 18 years for women and 21 years for men, over 50 per cent of women in the study reported being married at a younger age of this.


Tamil Nadu has been graded the highest in terms of the number of cases registered under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 during the last three years according to the National Crime Records Bureau data.

In 2015, 77 cases were reported from this state, followed by 40 and 35 from West Bengal and Karnataka, respectively.


As per an analysis of the 2011 census data collected by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY), nearly 35 million women and 10 million men in north India were married as children.


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