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Girls live longer than boys

The human development indicators say girls are expected to live till the age of 63.9 years compared to 62.3 for boys.

delhi Updated: Feb 29, 2008 04:55 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Girls will outlive boys, the economic survey figures indicate. The human development indicators say girls are expected to live till the age of 63.9 years compared to 62.3 for boys.

But at birth, three more girls die than boys for every 1,000 live births. The infant morality rate for girls during 2001-05 was 59 of 1,000 live births as compared to 56 for boys.

Punjab, which has earned the dubious distinction of being the killing field for the girl child and has lowest sex ratio in the country, also has the biggest difference in infant mortality rate of boys and girls. Fifty girls die compared to 39 boys for every 1,000 live births there, the survey said.

But once a girl is born, good care is taken of them. This is depicted from high life expectancy rate for women in Punjab. Life expectancy for a girl there is only second to Kerala in India. A woman is expected to survive till 70 years in Punjab against 76 in Kerala.

The survey has expressed disappointment in India’s overall human development indicators though the country has improved its human development value as per the UN Development Fund reports for 2004, 2005. “India’s HDI rank reflects low relative achievement in the level of human development,” the survey said.