Southern Asia

India

Summary

Explore how common child marriage is throughout the country, how levels have changed over time, and how the situation in this country compares to others.

Absolute number

Prevalence

88 million

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

5%
216.6 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

23%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Southern Asia
  • India
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YearSouthern AsiaIndia
199653.2%
199759.5%
200148.8%
200256.6%
200645.7%
200749.4%
201138.0%
201246.0%
201629.5%
201733.5%
202123.3%
202225.5%
Child marriage age

India

Child Marriage
Indicators

India

Child Marriage
Indicators

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
202114.7%27.0%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
202139.7%30.9%23.4%16.0%7.5%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
202148.0%43.3%18.9%
Child marriage age

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How does India compare to other countries?

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How does India compare to other countries?

  • India
Child marriage age
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YearIndia
199653.2%
200148.8%
200645.7%
201138.0%
201629.5%
202123.3%

Residence

Child marriage indicators

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Residence

Child marriage indicators

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
India14.7%27.0%23.3%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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