By Muslim Mirror
Insinuating that Hindus should marry young in order to have more offsprings than Muslims, Assam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal sparked a controversy with his comments.
“Muslim boys typically marry at age 22, while Muslim girls often do so at age 18. Hindus prevent pregnancy and keep one to three extramarital affairs till the age of 40. They enjoy themselves while saving money “Ajmal spoke to a news outlet in Karimganj, Assam, on Friday.
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“When their parents force them to marry after 40 years, or for other reasons, they do so. If you get married at such an age, how can you possibly expect to have more kids? You receive a good harvest only when you sow a fruitful field in good time,” he said.
The Dhubri MP suggested that Hindus adopt the “Muslim formula,” saying that they should plan their sons’ and daughters’ marriages when they are 20 to 22 years old and 18 to 20 years old, respectively.
Ajmal revoked his statement after the criticism and protests. He told reporters on Saturday, “I take back my statement if what I said has damaged the feelings of anyone.”
However, the comments were in contrast to the National Family Health Survey released in May.
In comparison to Hindus, Muslims have experienced a more dramatic decline in fertility rates over the past 20 years.
According to the survey, the fertility rate among Muslims has dropped to 2.3 during the 2019 to 2021 period while it has dropped from 3.3 in 1992-93 to 1.94 in the latest survey.
States with a high percentage of Muslims, such as Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Assam, and Kerala, have fertility rates that are lower than the national average. The 1.4 fertility rate in J&K is much lower than the national TFR of 2.
Notably the fertility rate in Assam, where Muslims make up 40% of the population, is 1.9, which is also less than the national average.