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NFHS 5 | Better female sex ratio does not mean a better future for women in India

Better female sex ratio does not mean a better future for women in India

The latest National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) data puts this in perspective to underline just how pervasive, and deep-rooted gender-based violence is in India when it states that every hour 35 crimes against women are reported in India

The fifth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) shared factsheets on key indicators that included population, reproductive and child health, family welfare, nutrition among others, and stated that currently there are 1,020 women for every 1,000 men in India. As per the report released by the Union health ministry, this is the first time that India will witness a sex ratio is skewed in favour of women.

In 2005-06, the NFHS-3 reported the sex ratio as being equal: 1,000 women for every 1,000 men, but in 2015-2016, the NFHS-4 reported it to being 991 women per 1,000 men. So, does the current enhanced sex ratio bode well for the women and girls of India? Does it mean a better life, better health, and better security?

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