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In India, are divorce rates higher or lower among more educated women?

And why!

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Background facts

Female employment is low in India

Unlike the West, educated women aren't necessarily economically independent

More educated women are more likely to choose their own husbands

Scheduled castes have traditions of divorce
Indian women with higher education have MORE durable marriages than women with little/ no education.

This educational difference widened between 1987 & 2008, with increasing instability for women with little/ no education.

Premchand Dommaraju/ DLHS jstor.org/stable/44015635
One might assume that educated women are more liberal & autonomous


That freedom may be limited to choosing their husband, whom they truly love, &

Then remain economically dependent upon (given low FLFP).

Plus traditions of divorce are weaker among upper castes.

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