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'Satyamev Jayate': India's sex ratio ranking

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May 07, 2012 at 05:07pm IST

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.

'Satyamev Jayate': India's sex ratio ranking

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 India
Rank
State
2001
2011
1
Kerala
1,058
1,084
2
Tamil Nadu
986
995
3
Andhra Pradesh
978
992
4
Chhattisgarh
990
991
5
Manipur
978
987
6
Meghalaya
975
986
7
Orissa
972
978
8
Mizoram
938
975
9
Himachal Pradesh
970
974
10
Karnataka
964
968
11
Goa
960
968
12
Uttarakhand
964
963
13
Tripura
950
961
14
Assam
932
954
15
Jharkhand
941
947
16
West Bengal
934
947
17
Maharashtra
922
946
18
Nagaland
909
931
19
Madhya Pradesh
920
930
20
Rajasthan
922
926
21
Arunachal Pradesh
901
920
22
Gujarat
921
928
23
Bihar
921
916
24
Uttar Pradesh
898
908
25
Punjab
874
893
26
Sikkim
875
889
27
Jammu & Kashmir
900
883
28
Haryana
861
877
Sex ratio in India: Union Territories
Rank
UT
2001
2011
1
Pondicherry
990
1,031
2
Lakshadweep
947
946
3
Delhi
821
866
4
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
846
878
5
Chandigarh
773
818
6
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
811
775
7
Daman & Diu
709
618

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