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What is the correct age for marriage in India?

Published on: March 21, 2014 | Updated on: May 19, 2015

Right age for marriage in IndiaComplete your graduation and welcome yourself to the marriage club. Your marriage will be the centre of every discussion. Now be it your aunty, uncle or parents, they will talk about your marriage and give you all sorts of suggestions. Being a boy has some liberties as this delays the discussion by a year or so.

No doubt that marriage is a prominent milestone in one’s life but in most the Indian families, parental pressure results in marriage and most of the times the marriage takes place at a very young age.  Though this trend is changing in cities and metros but villages are still untouched in India. If you ask parents then the maximum limit set by them for marriage is right after education and for girls even during graduation or their studies.

In Indian society, family and parents play an imperative role in taking the decision regarding right age for marriage. Above that, if a female crosses 30 years of age then she is tagged as someone who is not of a good character or loose.

On the other hand, young boys and girls going to college generally want to get married after completing their studies and getting well-settled in life. Today’s generation also feel that marriage can be delayed but not the career. Building a career and having a well-settled life before marriage is essential.

But is there any ideal age to get married or you should follow your love instinct? Studies revealed that more the age, less are the chances of divorce. Couples getting married after 25 years of age are less likely to get divorced. Moreover, if the woman is educated then she is more confident and can better handle the responsibilities of a family. Apart from this it has also been found out that tying a nuptial knot after 25 results in less intense arguments among the couple.

The kind of society we live in thinks that a person can be happy only after marriage. There is one very bad but common logical behind marriage. It has been seen that if the boy is not doing anything or spending time idly then his parents think of marrying him to bring him on right track. But it should not be done because by doing so you may ruin the life of a girl. Marriage is for happiness not for sadness.

Studies have also revealed that an average marriageable age in India for men is 26 years and for women 22.2 years. Rural and urban India shows sharp difference between the age at marriage. Overall the age in urban areas is 21 years whereas in rural areas it is 18-20 years.

The only drawback of marrying late is the associated biological complication like conceiving a child. It has been found out that conception after 35 is difficult than in 20s and also the chances of miscarriage and diseases like Down syndrome and other genetics diseases increases to manifolds.

Indian law under the Hindu Marriage Act has defined the marriageable age of a boy and girl. Legally a boy in India needs to be 21 and girl needs to be 18 years of age at the time of marriage.

Going back to the 18th century, the minimum legal age to marry for a boy was 14 and for a girl it was 12 years in most parts of the country.

You will be questioned by a society if you want to take a step against the said norms. But going against or doing things as per the norms cannot define the right age. Obviously it should not be less than the defined age.

Some people wait for a perfect mate and some for career but at the end most of us want to settle down in life. The urge to get married becomes even stronger, once people younger to you start getting married. But you must follow the path and decide the right time to get married as this is a very important decision of your life.

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I am just 17+….I love someone but my parents r not accepting our relationship they force me to marry someone other…what can we do now

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Hi.
I’m. Shahbaz . my age 20 religion Muslin and Shi is Hindu . her age 24. .. What will do. . ? We forget each other . or stay together ?
How we fight tha Indian Society and Family’s too both side. …. Help plzzz.

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vinayak kalyanshetti November 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

mala pn tithlich mulishi lagan karaych ahe

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my actual age is 23 but in my certificates and in others i my date of birth is 1996 i want to marry a widow her age is 30 and she accepted me and her parents also agreed she has two children they also accepted me as their father pls give me suggestion can i marry her

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My date of birth 20/06/1995 my lover date of birth 23/06/2001 I wants marriage

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My age is 44 and previously married and widow since 15 + years. A person of 35 years wants to marry me. Is it advisable please suggest asap…

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Hi I am 20 and not completed my graduation and I want success in my life but my family presserise my to marry a boy of 28age and that boy wants a perfect housewife.Is it a correct dicition of my family .

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my age is 19 and my lover age is 18..we can do marry after 3 month (last septem last month, 2016) from now..i’m confussed that how many age for marriage from court…please help me….

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hii my age is 18 and my girlfriends age is 16 can we marry????
both sides of our parrents are ready for marriage

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Omg! Aajkl youngsters ko future me shyd koi goal ni dikhta bss shadi hi dikhti h….look how many cmnts have been made by no. Of teenagers… i mean comeon yrr frnds…phle future set krlo shadii to ho hi jayegi….aur dekho ye budhe logo ko 15 saal ki ldki se shadi krni h.. …pgl aadmi jake haridwaar me ganga nhale thode pap km hojayege tere marne ki umr hori h …..aaya bda shadi krne vla…aur khabardar agr uss 15 saal ki bacchi ka dimag khrb kia to . Mere saamne aye aise log to btau ache se budha khika..huh!

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I have now 21 years I want get marry as soon as possible. its right age to marry now sir\medium

replay me fast sir and medium plzzzzzzzzzz I need help I am getting more problems from that I want solutions now I want marriage……………

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I have now 21 years I want get marry as soon as possible. its right age to marry now sir\medium

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Abhishek Kumar March 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm

My age is 19 years and my gf 16 years i will court marriage ??

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Can there would be mairrage between inter caste couples

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my age is 28….bt my girl friend 16…..we both r ready…..after 2year …I will have marry with her…..but I want suggetion about this…..how many types problem …we face in our life…cause of age diffrent …tell me details

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my age is 18 and my lover age is 19 we can do marry in may or june i am confused plzzzz reply me

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    He should cross his age of 21 my frnd so then oly u can marry him and live happily are else u will be facing so many difficulties

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i am ri8 now 26 my career is at its peak…i want to make it more high n want get married at d age of 28 or 29 but my parents r forcing u will not get a gud guy at dt age …den v will not take any responsibility of urs u will b ur own culprit …i don’t whether making parents happy is good n getting married earlier or as per my wish n dey may become sad

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My DOB is 29th October 1998…when i can get marriage as per law(with my lover).

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friend now I am 19 year and I have love with 22 year girl she also love me we both love each other so much her family not ready to do maride with me .my family ready to do maride can we do maride please reply me fast

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    In which love no matter age .if u real love to each other…u can also doing court marraige .but ur realtionship is very matter .what oldest ur realtionship.

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Hey my age is 20
And my fiancee age is same as 20
We can married
Aftr. 2 months
Kindly, frnd’s send ur feed back about myself.
This ‘s right or wrong

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My gf age s 18year 5months and my age s 23year 5months …we can marriage

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Hey my age 36 , i want to get married to girl who is 15 years under sharia act. As she is above puberty , its a valid marriage , and age of consent for married girl is 15 according to crpc 2013

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Sir I m sahana complete 22 age. My life partner age 19….. If I married correct rules ah of age.plzzzz ask Me.I do right or wrong..plzzz reply me I m wait for urvaluble results

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i m 20 yr old and my girl is 18 yr old so we can married right or rong

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Sir my age 22 and my girl friend age 17 so I am do marriage

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my date of birth is 8.3.1997 she date of birth is 24.8.1997 now do tha marg plz tell me plz reply fast

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me and my gf’s age same 18 so we can get married right now.?

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What is the right age of girls to get married? I am 29 years old still unmarried I always remain sad and confused because of growing age and guys rejecting me what to do?

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    Ruma you r su let marrge what your problem I no O think last age for femail 23.24.25 year thair is full problem iam also not marrge my age is running 28 my names waseem but male age is last 30 year marrid ok by ruma

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Bhupender Rawat July 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I am 19 year old can i merry with 19 year old girl in this year 2015

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i am 18+ can i go for a cort marrage

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i am 19 year old so can get marry

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If girl was complited 17 & get 18age is possible to marry plz rply me fast…

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Dear Sir,
I am 32 Year Old man and from 1 yr i am searching good life partner, but not get i am sucess for searching.Now i am very tens for all this….Pls suggest.

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vaddesrikanth May 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

my age19 girl age is19 its correct age to marry or no

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I am 18 & girl also 18 can i get marriage according to the indian law

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Priyanka sonawane April 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Is it possible 2 gt marry if boy n girl r 18+…
plz rply me fst…

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If a girl born at 1998 Oct….when she can get marriage as per law

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I am 19 and the girl is also 19. so can we both marry?

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my date of birth is 12-09-1994 now my age is 21 but not completed so I married a girl 19
according to law what is the age require for men

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i am,19 n girl 17 so i can i marry with him

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Yes bt guy should be 18+ or 21

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I AM STRUGGLING TO GET RIGHT MONEY PLUS SUFFERED FROM MAJOR AILMENTS AND GETTING TREATMENT SO ALSO FEARED OF LIVING ALONE FOR REST OF MY LIFE IF ANY WRONG THING HAPPEN WITH MY FAMILY ESPECIALLY PARENTS SINCE MY YOUNG BRO ALSO SUFFERED FROM PARALYSIS AS I ALSO DID MY POST GRADUATES

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marriage, has no boundaries. or age limit. understanding is what matters. u can marry a boy or a girl younger than u r. if u feel he/she is the one for u. then go for it…..

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i am 25 can i marry with a guy of 18

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I m unsettled 35 age, how can I go for marriage

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Biswajit Basari October 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

i think so

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