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Polygamy prevails in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit areas

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh is no aberration and follows national trend of having more married women than men, indicating prevalence of polygamy. However areas hit by Naxalism defy this by having more married men than women. Surprisingly, this state of affair in a tribal dominated state has strict laws to deal with polygamy.

According to latest data released by Census of India on marital status by age and sex, nationwide there are about 6.6 million more women who are currently married than men.

As per data, this trend is visible in Chhattisgarh too as there are about 66,264 more women who are currently married than men.

Of the total 1.19 crore married people in state, data shows there are 59.83 lakh married women, as compared to 59.17 lakh married males. With Chhattisgarh having a sex ratio of 1000 (males): 991 (females), as per the 2011 Census data, the difference in the number of married women vis-a-vis men can mainly be attributed to polygamy since the data takes into account only married people.

In Naxalism hotbeds like Dantewada, Narayanpur and Bijapur the trend is different. Even the tribal areas of Jashpur, Sarguja, Koriya and Jangir Champa, have more married women than men.

In the state capital Raipur, of the 18.94 lakh married persons, 9.39 lakh are men, as compared to 9.54 lakh women.

This would mean among every 1,000 married men, 16 men are likely to be in polygamous relationships. Similar is the trend in most urban centers like Rajnandgaon, Kabeerdham, Durg and Mahasamund.

In Narayanpur, of the total 55,338 married persons, 28,169 are males and 27,169 are females. In Bijapur, of the total 1.03 lakh married persons, 52,352 are males while 51,453 are females. Even in Dantewada, there are 1.12 lakh married males as compared to 1.11 lakh married females.

Interestingly, the census data also reveals that maximum number of marriages in state are solemnized in the age group of 25-29 years. Of 1.19 crore currently married persons, 16.76 lakh were from this age group.