Marriages in Northeast India when compared to other parts of India last the least; this was revealed by the latest census data. ‘The entire Northeast belt has less than 7% couples who have shared 40 years or more of their married life,’ informed the report, adding, ‘Whereas in Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra there are around 11-12% of such couples.’
The report further stated that in Meghalaya, just 4.1% of all couples have been married for 40 years or more, which is one-third of Haryana or Maharashtra. In Meghalaya, 11 percent of men are married before the age of 21, and 15 percent of women were less than 18-years-old.
According to Sociologist Bimal Kar of Gauhati University, this variation in duration of marriages across India has less to do with fidelity and love, and more with customs and health. ‘Two key factors determine the duration of a marriage; one is the couple’s age when they get married and how long they live,’ he added. ‘Traditionally, the average age when a person enters matrimony in North India is quite less compared to Northeast India,’ the sociologist pointed out, adding, ‘So early marriage and a longer life means long-lasting marriages and vice-versa.’