ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Across-Region Marriages

Given the declining juvenile sex ratio, a further shortfall in marriageable women in the low sex ratio areas of India is a foregone conclusion. What are the 'social' implications of this shortage for both men and women? This paper documents and analyses an unusual response to the shortage of marriageable girls in the North. The need for women, for productive and reproductive purposes, is being addressed through unconventional marriages that are uniting rural, illiterate Indians across boundaries of region, language, religion and even caste.

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