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The masculinisation of India


The child sex ratio continues to follow the worsening trend established over four decades ago. Demographers predict that India’s population will remain overly masculine for decades. Kannan Kasturi reports in India Together.

India’s population, revealed by the 2011 census, presents a contrasting picture. For every 1000 males, there are only 940 females. India compares unfavorably even with its neighbours – Bangladesh (978), Pakistan (943) and Sri Lanka (1034). China (926) is the major exception having a worse sex ratio than India.

This, however, is not the worst of the news in the new census. The child sex ratio – the number of females to every 1000 males in the age group 0-6 years – at 914, is sharply lower than the sex ratio in the overall population. What is most shocking is that the child sex ratio continues to follow the worsening trend established over four decades ago. Based on these trends, demographers predict that India’s population will remain overly masculine through the second half of the 21st century.

Read the full article in India Together.

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