Development | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012 |

Declining Child Sex Ratio in India: Evidence from Census 2011


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A gradual improvement in the overall sex ratios (computed as females per 1,000 males) in 2011 made it almost equal to what was observed in 1961. Opposed to this, the data records a further decline in child sex ratio (CSR) for children 0-6 years at 914 – a drop of 13 points from the previous decade. This steady decline in India’s population aged 0-6 years has been observed ever since 1961. In 1991 it was 945, 2001-927 and in 2011...

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