'Satyamev Jayate': India's sex ratio ranking
Posted on: 01:24 PM IST May 07, 2012
The new Aamir Khan show 'Satyamev Jayate' has once again ignited the debate on the female infanticide in the country, especially in the north, which is also called the Hindi belt. The opening episode of the show had mothers from different parts of rural and urban India talking about the pressure and the problems they faced for delivering a girl child. "If Partition was the silent holocaust, foeticide is our silent genocide having eliminated over a million bodies in the past few years," says noted sociologist Shiv Visvanathan.
A recent study published in the medical journal Lancet also had some alarming findings. Selective abortion led to 7.1 million fewer girls than boys up to the age of 6. It is a gender gap that has widened by more than a million in a decade. The study also finds that in the last 30 years, an estimated 4 to 12 million girls were aborted because of their sex. The study claims that rich, educated Indian parents may be the worst offenders, choosing to abort a second daughter.The sex ratio in India, according to the Census of 2011, stands at 940 which is a marginal increase from 933 in 2001. Sex ratio is expressed as the number of women per thousand men in a given population at a given time. Following is a list of the states and Union Territories of India ranked in order of their sex ratio. The data given below is according to the Census of India (2001 and 2011). Kerala remains at the top with the highest sex ratio while Haryana has the lowest sex ratio among the states.####State-wise sex ratio in IndiaRankState 2001 20111Kerala 1,0581,0842Tamil Nadu 986 9953 Andhra Pradesh978 9924Chhattisgarh 990 9915Manipur 9789876Meghalaya 975 9867Orissa 972 9788Mizoram 938 9759Himachal Pradesh 970 97410Karnataka 964 96811Goa 960 96812Uttarakhand 96496313 Tripura 950 96114 Assam 932 95415Jharkhand 941 94716West Bengal 934 94717Maharashtra 922 94618 Nagaland 909 93119Madhya Pradesh 920 93020Rajasthan 922 92621Arunachal Pradesh 901 92022Gujarat 921 92823Bihar 921 91624Uttar Pradesh 898 90825Punjab 874 89326 Sikkim 875 88927Jammu & Kashmir 900 88328 Haryana 861 877Sex ratio in India: Union TerritoriesRankUT 2001 20111Pondicherry 990 1,0312Lakshadweep 947 9463 Delhi 821 8664Andaman & Nicobar Islands 846 8785Chandigarh 773 8186Dadra & Nagar Haveli 811 7757Daman & Diu 709 618