Compared to other religious groups, the Muslim community has witnessed the sharpest decline in sex ratio — dropping from 968 women for 1,000 Muslim men in 2004-05 to 922 in 2009-10.
A report by National Sample Survey Office shows that the Muslim sex ratio suffered due to a huge fall
in the number of females in rural India.
In 2004-05, there were 968 women for 1,000 Muslim men in rural areas which dropped to 921 in 2009-10. The drop is more drastic considering there were 990 women for 1,000 rural Muslim men in 1999-2000.
Sex ratio in Hindus also fell. In rural areas, there were 961 women for 1,000 Hindu men in 2004-05 which dropped to 949 in 2009-10.
However, the sex ratio in rural Christian community rose from 994 in 2004-05 to 1,012 in 2009-10.
The overall sex ratio for India in 2009-10 was 947 women for 1,000 men whereas for Muslims it was 922.
In urban area, the drop was less with 932 women for 1,000 Muslim men in 2004-05 which declined to 923 in 2009-10. In 1999-2000, the sex ratio was 912.
In the urban Hindu community, the sex ratio dropped to 902 women for 1,000 Hindu men in 2009-10 as compared to 912 in 2004-05.
Once again the Christian community came out on top with 1,012 urban women for 1,000 men in 2009-10, up from 1,000 in 2004-05.
India’s sex ratio as per 2011 Census was 940 females for 1,000 men, but data categorised along religious lines has not been released yet.
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