Issues of reproductive health after child marriage: A study among NT-DNT community in Nashik district of Maharashtra

Rahul Ravindra Sarwade, Jagruti Hankare, Trupti Chavan


Child marriage is common in community but remarriage are exceptional. Women’s marriage, divorce, remarriage, sexual behaviour are all controlled by patriarchal norm living women subject to victimization. Women from this community suffer from not only discrimination based on their gender but also caste identity and consequent economic deprivation. Women’s problems included gender and economic deprivation and social exclusion, which in turn results in the denial of their social, economic, cultural, and political rights. It is evident that the denotified and nomadic women and children being anaemic and live in unhygienic conditions which is confirmed by the field functionaries engaged in the development of the DNT community.

Out of 15 talukas in Nashik four villages were selected by purposive sampling and 200 women were selected for interview for quantitative part of study and six key informants, three Elderly women who perform delivery and eight tribal women were selected for interview for qualitative part of study. Tribal women gets married at very young age, and thus susceptible to have low knowledge and misconception about reproductive health which may leads to poor outcomes of the reproductive and sexual health. This study reveals that reproductive health knowledge of Nomadic tribal women in Nashik district is far below from satisfaction and lack of comprehensive knowledge of reproductive health prevalently noticed.


Keywords: Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, Sexual behaviour, DNT.

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