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‘Do Only Girls Suffer? We Too!’

Early Marriage Repercussions on Boys in Rural India

Aparna Mukherjee (aparna.mukhopadhyae@gmail.com) is doctoral fellow and T V Sekher (tvsekher@gmail.com) is a professor with the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai.

Research in India has been oriented towards understanding the causes and consequences of early marriage on girls, while ignoring the condition of “child grooms.” There are many “hotspots” in India, where early marriage of boys is an accepted norm. Using available evidence from national surveys and qualitative data collected from Shrawasti district of Uttar Pradesh, attempts are made to understand the reasons behind the early marriage of boys and the difficulties faced by these young men who are forced into marriage. In such regions, raising the age at marriage for boys will automatically raise the age at marriage for girls. If we have to address the problem of “child brides,” we can no longer ignore the presence of “child grooms.”

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