Inter-caste marriages depend on education level, but not that of the couple

The better educated the groom's mother, the higher the chances of an inter-caste marriage

Tish Sanghera | IndiaSpend
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Only 5.8% of Indian marriages were inter-caste, according to Census 2011, a rate unchanged over 40 years.

Whilst in other countries an increase in education levels correlates with a decrease in endogamous marriages--marriages within a specific social, ethnic or caste group for the purpose of entrenching community boundaries--the education levels of individuals in India appear to have no bearing on the likelihood of marrying someone from a different caste, according to a new study.

The education level of the groom’s mother is the leading determinant of an inter-caste marriage: The better educated the groom’s mother, the higher the chances of an inter-caste marriage.

These are the findings of a 2017 study by the


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First Published: Oct 22 2018 | 7:53 AM IST

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