Saturday, 5 August 2017

11 facts about gender inequality in India that will truly shock you

1. Over the last three years, there were over 24,000 reported dowry deaths in India.

2. As many as 70% of married women in India between 15 and 49 years of age are victims of beatings or rape.

3. According to a 2011 study, 72% of acid-attack cases in India from 2002 to 2010 included at least one female victim.

4. According to UNICEF, foetal sex determination by unethical medical professionals has today grown into a ₹1,000 crore industry in India.

5. Following the 2011 census, a number of activists raised concerns that up to 8 million female foetuses had been aborted in the previous decade.

6. Although child marriage is illegal in India, almost half of all women between the ages of 20 and 24 years were married off before the legal age of 18.

7. According to a report, India shows "extremely high" levels of gender inequality, with a Gender Parity Score of 0.48, compared to an ideal score of 1.

8. A recent survey revealed that the median wage for women in India was 27% lower than what men make.

9. According to the National Crime Record Bureau's 2014 report, 39.8% of rape victims in India are girls under the age of 18.

10. While the male literacy rate of India stands at 82.14%, the female literacy rate is only 65.46%, with Rajasthan having the lowest female literacy at 52.66%.

11. And despite an improving child sex ratio, India still ranks an abysmal 127th out of 146 in the United Nation's Gender Inequality Index.

(Source: Buzzfeed)

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