The Registrar General and Census Commissioner
of India released the 2011 Census data on marital status of people belonging to
the Scheduled Tribes (STs). It shows that the percentage of those widowed,
divorced or separated had increased in most age groups when compared to the
Among STs, out of 104,545,716, the number of married people are 46,700,848,
constituting 44.7% of the total ST population. More than half of the marriages
took place in the age group of 20-24 and more than 72% of the women got married
after they were 18.
Percentage of the widows stood at 4.6% and those separated was 0.4%. The
percentage of those divorced constituted 0.2%.
The total number of married women increased across all ages. Total
children born to women in all the ages, however, decreased in all the states
and UTs. Total number of surviving children increased in almost all the states
and UTs in comparison to the corresponding figures of 2001 Census.