India’s sex ratio deteriorating


famaily-woesAccording to the information released by the Registrar General of India, the poor sex ratio of India is further deteriorating. According to the data released by the agency, Just under 2.1 crore children were born in 2010. This was higher compared to the year 2000, when 1.98 crore children were born. However, in 2010, the growth in the number of male children born was higher at 5.44 per cent, while the growth in the number of girls born was far lower at 4.69 per cent. The sex ratio at birth as a result deteriorated in 2011 compared to 2001. The data also indicated that couples are choosing to restrict the size of their families; nearly half of the children born in 2000 were the third, fourth, fifth and so on in the family. In 2011, this figure had come down to just about a third of children born. The data also shows that just 2 per cent of women under the age of 18 are now married in India. Statistics on marriage released showed that 72 lakh people under the age of 18 were married as of 2011, 70 per cent of them girls