J-K tops list of ‘unmarried youth’ stats in India

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The percentage of unmarried youth is on the rise in India with J-K topping the list, reveals a report issued by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

As per the National Youth Policy 2014, persons between the ages group 15-29 years are classified as youth.

“The percentage of the youth population (15-29 years) who are never married has shown an increasing trend in the male population from 20.8 percent in 2011 to 26.1 percent in 2019. A similar trend has been observed in the case of the female population. In 2019, the highest percentage share of the youth population who are never married has been observed in the States/UTs of Jammu & Kashmir followed by Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Punjab and the lowest have been observed in the States/UTs of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh,” the report states, as per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

As per the data, the percentage of youth who are never married increased from 25.3 percent in 2011, 25.9 percent in 2015 and 29.1 in 2019.

“The trend in males has increased from 27.1 percent in year 2011, 28.1 percent in year 2015 and 30.1 in year 2019,” the figures state, adding that the percentage of female youth who have never married increased from 23.5 in year 2011, 23.3 in year 2015 and 28.1 in year 2019.

“In whole India, the number of youth who are not married has increased from 17.2 percent in 2011, 20 percent in 2015 and 23 percent in 2019,” the report reads. “The trend in males in India has increased from 20.8 percent in 2011, 23.8 percent in 2015 and 26.1 in year 2019.”

The figures also reveals that the percentage of female youth in India who have never married increased from 13.5 in year 2011, 16.4 in year 2015 and 19.9 in year 2019. (KNO)

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