The data released by the government shows a major gender imbalance among with Sikh community in India. Sikhs ranked at the last spot of the male to female ratio.
The data shows Sikh families are wanting more boys than girls which hints that their is less freedom for women to give birth to girls.
The Numbers don’t lie:
For every 1,000 Sikh males, Sikh have only 903 women which is by far the lowest out of any religion. The 2nd spot went to Hindus with having 939 females for every 1,000 males; Jains with 940; Muslims with 951 and Buddhists with 965.
The Tribune Reported:
Christians with 1,023 women for every 1,000 men have the best sex ratio, a crucial indicator of women’s empowerment. Sex ratio for the country is 943 with Sikhs and Hindus being the only religious groups posting lower sex ratios than the national average.
Sex ratios at birth for religious groups are a harbinger of another vital set of statistics – child sex ratios at birth with population experts saying they won’t be surprised if child sex ratios follow similar patterns as overall sex ratios for religions.
“A low sex ratio among Sikhs indicates rampant use of sex selection techniques and an unequal status of women vis-a-vis men. We would not be surprised if the Sikhs post the lowest child sex ratios at birth. Past trends for Sikhs as a group were similar,” AR Nanda, former chief of Population Foundation of India, told The Tribune today.
The data on sex ratios at birth (0 to 6 years) by religion are yet to be released by the Registrar General of India.
One heartening takeaway from yesterday’s data is – sex ratio for all religious communities improved between 2001 and 2011.