VAWM Fact From Prajnya 3

Child Marriage

¨ 57% of Indian girls marry before turning 18 compared to 36% globally.

¨ The average Indian woman bears her first child before she is 22 years old.

¨ Girls aged between l0-14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24.

¨ India has the highest levels of domestic violence among women married by 18.

¨ The percentage of girls aged 20-24 who were married before turning 18 is 17% in Kerala, 24.9% in Tamil Nadu, 46.3% in Karnataka and 64.3% in Andhra Pradesh.

 [Sources: UNICEF, WHO, UN India Office, NFHS2, Census 2001]
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