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Table 3 Distribution of young married women aged 15–24 years by selected background characteristics: Rural Nepal, 2009

From: The prevalence and determinants of sexual violence against young married women by husbands in rural Nepal

Background characteristics Number %
Age of women 79 6.1
15–17 years 398 30.7
18–20 years 819 63.2
21–24 years   
Median age at marriage(years) 17.0  
Duration of marriage   
Less than one year 127 9.8
1–2 years 318 24.5
3–4 years 320 24.7
5 years and above 521 41.0
Mean duration of marriage 4.0  
Type of marriage   
Arranged 908 70.1
Love marriage 388 29.9
Number of living children   
0 352 27.2
1 502 38.7
2 326 25.2
3 or more 116 8.9
Caste/Ethnicity   
Brahmin/Chhetri 324 25.0
Tamang 324 25.0
Tharu 324 25.0
Muslim 324 25.0
Woman’s level of education   
Illiterate 371 28.6
Literate up primary 664 51.2
Secondary 212 16.4
Higher secondary and above 49 3.8
Woman’s occupation   
Do not earn/housewife 1019 78.6
Agriculture/poultry/daily wages 220 17.0
Other employment (Service/small business) 57 4.4
Women’s autonomy   
High 488 37.7
Moderate 484 37.3
Low 324 25.0
Household wealth index   
Poorest 250 19.3
Poor 265 24.5
Middle 259 20.0
Rich 261 20.1
Richest 261 20.1
Membership in community groups   
Yes 480 37.0
No 816 63.0
Media exposure   
No/rare 742 57.3
Frequent 554 42.7
Husband’s education   
Illiterate 180 13.9
Literate up to primary 695 53.6
Secondary 282 21.8
Higher secondary and above 139 10.7
Total 1296 100.0