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12: sex ratio: declining in 80% of the districts

  • India faces a declining girl/boy ratio in 80% of its districts.
  • The all-India sex ratio is 927 girls for 1,000 boys, which puts the country right at the bottom of the global charts, worse off than countries like Nigeria (965) and neighbour Pakistan (958).
  • Only three states -- Kerala, Pondicherry and Lakshadweep -- show an improvement in sex ratio.
  • Punjab is the worst offender (875 in 1991, to 798 girls for every 1,000 boys in 2001), followed by Haryana and then Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

SourceState of the World’s Children 2006