Here’s something that bursts the myth for those who talk of “unbridled birth rates among minorities”.
The Delhi government’s Annual Report on Registration of Births and Deaths for 2008 reveals that of the total 3,33,908 births in Delhi, 2,86,597 births took place in Hindu families.
Not surprising since Hindus comprise the majority.
Muslim families recorded 42,352 births, while only 3,113 births were recorded in Sikh families. Christian families recorded 1,024 births, while 822 births were recorded in families of other faiths.
The city also recorded a decrease in infant deaths in 2008. After the serious spurt in infant mortality rates in 2007, the city recorded a decrease in infant deaths in 2008.
The city also managed to improve its sex ratio — for the first time in years, more girls were born than boys. The sex ratio was 1,004 girls per 1000 boys in 2008 compared to 848 girls per 1,000 boys in 2007.
“There is a remarkable increase in Delhi’s sex ratio ... because of number of registrations of female birth which increased due to implementation of the Laadli scheme,” Delhi finance minister AK Walia said.