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Economic pain abates: Mint Misery Index falls to 2-year low

Prabhat Singh (Mint)  Mumbai, September 04, 2014
First Published: 09:32 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 10:01 IST(4/9/2014)

An index developed by Mint, the business paper published by the Hindustan Times group, shows that economic pain is getting less acute for citizens over the past couple of quarters.

The Mint Misery Index is based on two parameters that most profoundly affect people—inflation and growth. The index tracks how far these two key economic indicators have deviated from their best performance since the beginning of 2000. The higher the index value, the more miserable people are.

Last year, she was raped by someone she called mausa (uncle) in front of and on the bed of a woman she called mausi (aunt). Then, the mausa sold her off as a bride to a 45-year-old widower, father of a three-year-old, in Haryana. Price of the exchange: Rs.70,000.

Haryana, with the country’s worst sex ratio of 879 girls to 1,000 boys, now has to increasingly import brides from poverty-stricken states such as Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. It’s the same story in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh where female foeticide is high and the sex ratio skewed. According to the 2013 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, 24,749 children and women between the ages of 15 and 30 were kidnapped and sold into marriage across the country

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