June 03, 2016

India: 84% Of 12 Million Married Children Under 10 Are Hindus (Indiaspend

Nearly 12 million Indian children were married before the age of 10
years–84% of them Hindu and 11% Muslim–reveals an IndiaSpend analysis
of recently released 2011 census data.

To put it in context, this number is equivalent to Jammu & Kashmir’s population.

As many of 7.84 million (65%) married children were female,
reinforcing the fact that girls are significantly more disadvantaged;
eight in 10 illiterate children who were married were also girls.

The data further reveal that 72% of all Hindu girls married before 10
were in rural areas, as compared to 58.5% Muslim girls, with higher
levels of education correlating with later marriage.