Reproductive health of the early married Muslim women in India: A study at Contai, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal

The reproductive health of women has become one of the priority public health concerns since the Cairo conference in 1994. Early marriage of girls has serious implications not only on their own reproductive health but also on the health of the next generation. But till now, early marriage is probably the most significant health and rights concern for women in the developing countries. Surprisingly in India, research on reproductive health of the early married women, particularly among the Muslims, is a neglected area. In the present study we tried to examine the reproductive health behaviour of the early married Muslim women with particular reference to those in the Contai Municipality of West Bengal. The study finds highly significant association between the socioeconomic conditions (like education, poverty, awareness about family planning method) of the early married women and their different reproductive health constraints like abortion, miscarriage, under-weight of babies, etc.