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Interest in getting married declining; A survey conducted by Lokniti-CSDS (Center for the Study of Developing Societies) in collaboration

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Ground Report | New Delhi: Interest in getting married declining; A survey conducted by Lokniti-CSDS (Center for the Study of Developing Societies) in collaboration with German think-tank 'Konrad Adenauer Stiftung' (KAS) showed that married youths have increased by 13 percentage points from 2007 and by five percentage points from 2016 has decreased.

A total of 6,277 respondents from 18 states, aged 18 to 34, participated in the survey in July-August 2021, providing insight into their career aspirations, job preferences, and expectations, their opinions on institutions of kinship, and their mental health.

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A survey released last week has found, Youth showed greater acceptance for the idea of ​​inter-caste marriage as compared to inter-religious marriage. However, while 61% supported interracial marriage and 30% opposed it.

"Support for inter-religious marriage is still not widely accepted, with 45% of young people supporting it and 42% opposing it," the survey report said.

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Many young people are now getting married at an earlier age. The study indicates that the proportion of married youth has decreased by 13 percentage points from 2007 and by five percentage points from 2016. In the current study, 42% said they were married.

"While the decline in the proportion of married youth is visible in all localities, it is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban areas. In 2007, three-fifths (61%) of those aged 15 to 34 in rural areas were married. In 2016, it had dropped nine percentage points to 52%. In urban areas, the proportion of married youth has declined from 46% to 40% in the past decade" the survey report said.

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The study found that family financial security worried young people the most, followed by their own health. Six in ten (56%) are concerned about their jobs, and more than half (54%) are concerned about their physical appearance. (Interest in getting married declining)

"More than 50% of youth reported getting angry over small things and nearly half reported feeling depressed, losing interest in daily activities, and affected by loneliness during the past two or three years," the report said.

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