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Indians feel 30s ideal age for marriage

A recent international survey finds 79 per cent of the Indian youngsters vouching for 30s as the right time to get married.
PTI | By Richa Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2007 01:09 PM IST

As a sign of changing times and priorities, majority of the Indian youth feels thirties is the right age to get married and start a family.

A recent international survey found 79 per cent of the Indian youth, who were questioned, vouching for thirties as the right time to tie the knot, higher than the global figure of 77 per cent.

"The new generation is more career-oriented and is reluctant to assume other responsibilities before their career objectives are fulfilled," said Sarang Panchal, Executive Director, South Asia, of AC Nielsen which conducted the survey.

People generally attain a degree of stability in terms of career around the age of 30 years and hence there has been an increasing trend where people prefer to get married in their thirties, he said.

Marriage is no longer a life goal for a large number of Indian youth who are now more career-oriented. Only 53 per cent of respondents in India consider marriage a life goal, one of the lowest in the Asia Pacific region.

However, for 61 per cent people across the globe, marriage is a major goal in life, with Indonesians topping the chart with 87 per cent giving utmost importance to it.

The survey also found that Indians are now more willing to accept working mothers. About 73 per cent of the Indian respondents believe mothers with children can work.

However, there is far greater acceptance for working mothers in China, where 89 per cent voted for them.

A high percentage of people in the Asia Pacific region believe that marriage was for life. But interestingly, more men (76 per cent) than women (64 per cent) believe in the wedlock lasting a lifetime.

For a majority of the Indians, marriage is a one-time affair and they would like to remain united with their partners for a lifetime.

"Marriage still holds a special place in the hearts of people. Eighty-seven per cent of the respondents surveyed in India felt that marriage is meant for the life. This is much higher than the figure of 72 per cent for Asia Pacific and the global figure of 70 per cent," Panchal said.

Being a family-oriented country, majority of the people in India intend to have children after marriage.

"The survey shows that 94 per cent of Indians intend to have children after marriage, which is the highest in the Asia Pacific region," Panchal said.

As many as 92 per cent of the Indians believe that children whose parents are married live a happier and more stable life than those whose parents have separated, he said.

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