The present paper examines the family planning practices of the Boro Kachari tribe of Assam. An attempt has also been made to assess the role of some of the socio-cultural background characteristic in determining the family planning behaviour of the tribe. The study was conducted in 2014 in six villages of Goalpara district predominantly inhabited by the Boro Kachari tribe. The data were collected from 300 ever-married Boro Kachari women aged 15-49 years. The data reveals that the knowledge of family planning is widespread among the members of the tribe. Despite having wide gap between knowledge and practices, the proportion of family planning user is considerably higher (66%). Temporary spacing method is widely prevalent compared to the permanent method of contraception. Oral pill (42.40) is the most prevalent and popular used contraceptive among the women, followed by condom (28%) and IUD (7.62%). The prevalence of sterilization is very low (5.42%). No male sterilization was reported in the study. Findings of the study shows that socio-cultural background like educational status of the women , economic condition of the family, age at marriage of the girls, fertility preferences, etc. exert influence on the family planning behaviour of the tribe.
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