The tribal communities living in their natural habitat do not keep track of age. They go into wedlock when the boys become young adult, capable of taking care of their wives and the girls grow up to physical maturity, able to bear child and look after domestic aspect. In general the girls are married off between 15 to16 years and normally do not remain unmarried at 20 years. The median age of first pregnancy is 18.8 years. Tribal women between 15-49 years (total reproductive career), have mean number of children ever born as 4.28, whereas the total fertility rate (TFR) per women is 2.06. This is lower than the rate observed among scheduled caste women. The gap between two births is appreciably (33 months), as they do not want to get a baby before weaning of the previous child......... more
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