Arranged / Forced Marriage Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: UNICEF, Human Rights Council, ABC News
Research Date: April 17th, 2015

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Arranged Marriage StatisticsData
Average divorce rate globally on arranged marriages4.2 %
India divorce rate1.2 %
Global divorce rate for arranged marriages6.3 %
Average number of years older the male is from the female in an arrange marriage4.5 years
Percent of marriages in India that are arranged89 %
Percent of marriages in the world that are arranged54 %
Percent of U.S. men between the age of 40 and 50 who have never been married14 %
Percent of U.S. women between the age of 40 and 50 who have never been married10 %
Percent of girls who were forced to marry before a certain agePercent
South Asia before age 1846.4 %
Bangladesh before age 1527.3 %
Africa before age 1842 %
Niger before age 1526 %
Kyrgyzstan before age 1821.2 %
Kazakhstan before age 1814.4 %

Arranged marriage is a type of marital union where the bride and groom are selected by a third party rather than by each other. It was common worldwide until the 18th century.

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