Sex Ratio Plunges Further to 898 Girls per 1,000 Boys

01 November 2015
EVEN AS the Defence Ministry approves induction of women into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force – making it the first formal entry of women into combat role with any arm of the Indian military – the sex ratio of the country continues to get further skewed in favour of men.

Despite the 2011 census setting alarm bells ringing about India’s worsening sex ratio, the gap between male and female registered births in India fell further in 2012 and 2013, according to new official data. India’s Civil Registration System (CRS), administered by the office of the Registrar General of India (RGI), which also conducts the decadal census, comprises all officially registered birth and death data. It is mandatory to register all births and deaths within 21 days of their occurrence. Official registration of these events has been improving across the country, and in 2013, the RGI estimated that 85.5 per cent of all births are now registered, with 17 states estimated to be registering all births, but Bihar and Uttar Pradesh struggling with only 57.4 per cent and 68.6 per cent registrations. However, since 2011, when the census found India’s child sex ratio at birth to have fallen to 910 girls for every 1,000 boys, the situation may have worsened.

Newly released CRS data show that the sex ratio of registered births fell from 909 in 2011 to 908 the next year and 898 in 2013. Manipur and Haryana do particularly badly, as do Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan
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