But the 11 point decline to 923 is sharper in rural areas than in urban areas where it reduced by just 1 point to 905.
“The new statistics lead us to believe that sex selection intervention is becoming rampant in rural areas too,” Census Commissioner C Chandramouli said. “This is an alarming trend.”
The only silver lining on this account is that the general sex ratio has gone up during the last decade, a development that census authorities attribute to the higher life expectancy of women.
Chandramouli added that this was a positive development at a macro level.
But at state or district levels, this would need to be seen in the social context because this also emphasises the need for a good social safety net for the women.