India’s sex ratio increases to 1020 women for 1000 men, for the first time

NEW DELHI: The fifth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS), says that India now comprises more women than men. There are 1,020 women for every 1,000 men as per the report released by the Union health ministry on Wednesday.

According to NFHS-3, conducted in 2005-06, the ratio was equal, 1000: 1000; it went down to 991:1000 in 2015-16 in NFHS-4. This is the first time, in any National Family and Health Survey or Census, that the sex ratio has changed in favour of women.

The government has disclosed the factsheets of key indicators on population, reproductive and child health, family welfare, nutrition and others on Wednesday.

The states and union territories that were surveyed in this phase were Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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