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Bengal, not Bihar, has highest child marriages

NEW DELHI: If you thought the Bimaru states crowned in kid marriages, think again. West Bengal now has the perfect prevalence of girls aged between 15 and 19 years being married off, a long way forward of states comparable to Rajasthan that one historically associated with kid brides.

However, the findings of the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4), performed in 2015-16, display a steady decline across states, barring a marginal upward thrust in two states – Himachal Pradesh and Manipur. The national average for kid marriages now is 11.9% of all ladies aged 15-19.

When NFHS-3 was performed in 2005-06, Bihar crowned in kid marriages, with a prevalence of 47.8%; Jharkhand was 2nd with 44.7% and Rajasthan third (40.4%). Bengal was fourth with 34%.

But in the 10 years since then, some Bimaru states — Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — controlled to reduce the prevalence of kid marriage via over 20 proportion issues. In the similar length, Bengal controlled simplest an 8.4 proportion point aid.

District-level research using NFHS-4 unearths that Murshidabad (39.9%) in Bengal shows the perfect prevalence of kid marriage, adopted via Gandhinagar

(39.3%) in Gujarat and Bhilwara (36.4%) in Rajasthan. Bihar has essentially the most collection of districts with prime prevalence (20), adopted via Bengal (14) and Jharkhand (11).

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