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Women Outnumber Men in New Survey By NFHS

BP World Bureau | Nov 26 2021 09:44:45 AM
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NEW DELHI: The proportion of women exceeded men in the new survey by National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for the first time since 1992. NFHS revealed that there were 1,020 women for 1,000 men.

The last edition of the survey in 2015-16, there were 991 women for every 1,000 men which itself was an improvement from the 2011 survey which revealed 937 against 1000 men. Most states and Union Territories (UTs) had more women than men.

However, states that had fewer women than men included Gujarat, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab.

Union territories (UTs) such as Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Ladakh. Even they showed improvement in the overall sex ratio. 

Kerala is a state with among the highest ratios of women to men at 1,121 and an improvement of over 1,049 recorded in the NFHS-4. But, the number of males born in the last five years is reportedly more than the number of girls. 

India as a nation has been facing scrutiny over the low sex ratio. Due to cultural discrimination, families prefer sons over daughters. As per reports, women were coerced to have abortions until they conceived a male child. 

Haryana state has raided several clinics that carried out illegal abortions. Amniocentesis, sex determination, is illegal in India.