On Adverse Sex Ratios in Some Indian States: A Note
Prabir C. Bhattacharya
The purpose of this note is to highlight certain facts about the sex ratio (the number of females per thousand males) of the population in some Indian states, especially those in the northeast of the country. The states in the northeast are ethnically, linguistically and culturally very distinct from the other states of India. We note that while female children survive better in the northeastern states than elsewhere in India, in older ages women seem to fare worse than men in these states. The sex ratio of the population in the age group birth to 6 years in the northeastern states is among the highest in the country, but that of the population in the age group 60 years and above is among the lowest. Some explanations are offered for the observed behaviour of the sex ratios in these states.
sex ratio, northeast India, elderly women, survival disadvantage
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