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Why Are Youngsters Giving Up On Marriage?

The Ministry of Figures and Programme Implementation recently released a study that contained some alarming figures about the state of marriage in India. The survey highlighted a decline in the number of young people who wish to get married, among other factors.

According to the survey, Jammu and Kashmir have the highest percentage of young people without spouses. According to its findings, “a similar tendency has been observed in the case of the female population,” and “a percentage share of the youth population (15-29 years) who are “never married” has exhibited a growing trend in the male population from 20.8 percent in 2011 to 26.1 percent in 2019.

Why Are Youngsters Giving Up On Marriage?

Several states and union territories, like Jammu & Kashmir (29.1), Punjab (25), Uttar Pradesh (26.7), and Delhi (26.5), have the highest proportions of young people who do not get married, according to a 2019 government report. While Kerala (18.3), Himachal Pradesh (20.8), Tamil Nadu (20.2), and Andhra Pradesh (20.7) have the lowest percentage share of marriages, according to the same research, Kerala has the highest percentage share of marriages.

In the case of teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19, 11.9 percent were married (by the age of 15) in 2005–2006, but that number has since dropped to just 1.7 percent in 2019–21. The survey also determines yet another crucial element of matrimony, such as how it influences the age factor.

It appears that the age requirement for marriage has also gotten higher over time. Notably, “a significant decrease has been observed in the level of age at first marriage for women in the 25-29 years age cohort, with only 52.8% of women having been first married by the age of 20 years during 2019-2021 as compared to 72.4% in 2005-06.” Males in the 25–29 age group began getting married for the first time at 25 during the years 2019–21.

This data also shows that the percentage of people (both men and women) who fall into the “never getting married category” has been rising over time.

Government officials have linked the rising percentage of young people who are not married to the “lifestyle and influence of celebrities” despite the fact that the current survey report did not provide any factor(s) or context(s) to comprehend this trend.

However, the poll revealed that the number of child marriages has been declining over time. Due to decreased fertility rates and rising life expectancy rates, the population pyramid has also changed. According to the analysis, the number of children under the age of 15 is likely to decrease while the nation’s obligation to the elderly will rise in the future years.

The following factors, in addition to the survey results, might be taken into account to comprehend the rising percentage of “unmarried youth” in our nation:

The main factor might be the economic instability that plagues the majority of today’s kids. And the epidemic only made this particular problem worse. Families with a monthly income of less than 10,000 are utterly hesitant to get married. One survey conducted in 2020 (Mar-April) found that just 20% of people in wealthy homes are reluctant to get married.

Marital preference is listed in second place. The frustration experienced when looking for a match can be overwhelming in the age of social networking and online dating. In her book “Changing Patterns Of Matchmaking In India,” Fritzi-Marie Titzmann also mentions that “youth now have a much wider range of options thanks to the emerging matrimonial media.” The more options available, the more likely it is that young people would become confused rather than choose the best match.

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