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Minimum legal age of marriage for females

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MARLEGALAGEF reports the age the respondent believes is the minimum legal age for females to marry in that country.

Comparability — Index



MARLEGALAGEF has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

MARLEGALAGEF is a country-specific variable not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — India [top]

According to the DHS Final Report for India 1992, the minimum legal marriage age for that country has changed over time. Per India's Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1978, the minimum legal age for females to marry was 18 years.


  • India 1992: Ever-married women age 13-49.
  • India: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B