New matrimonials are on the rise in India, with the government allowing couples to tie the knot without marrying their relatives, the Times of India reported on Tuesday.
The move is expected to add to a booming market for married couples in the country, which has seen a boom in the number of people registering for marriage and seeking surrogacy, and which has grown as an economy has grown.
A study by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 2016 found that almost 7 percent of India’s 7.5 million married women were already registered as widows, with another 8 percent of those women also seeking surrogates.
The NSSO report, however, does not offer a breakdown of who is eligible to register as widowed in India.
The government’s latest data showed that about 7.3 percent of the country’s total population, which includes almost 7 million women and girls, was widowed.
The rise in the birth rate in India is also likely to boost the countrys matrimatic and matrimonic industries, which have seen a sharp rise in recent years, according to a report by the Institute for Development Studies (IDSA) a Delhi-based think tank.
India is one the largest beneficiaries of matrimonia laws, which allow couples to make up a marriage for financial and moral reasons, according a report from IDSA, which said the laws were a boon for matrimonies in India and could help alleviate poverty.
The report said that in the absence of any formal marriage law, widows could choose to make the matrimonship legal without going through any formal ceremony.
India already has a wide range of laws allowing matrimoies in various areas, from medical treatment to property ownership.