ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Geography of Secular Change in Sex Ratio in 1981-How Much Room for Optimism

Sex Ratio in 1981 How Much Room for Optimism? Ilina Sen The 1981 Census recorded a sex ratio of 936 as against 930 of the 1971 Census. Since there had been a secular trend of decline of the sex ratio between 1901 and 1971, the 1981 sex ratio marks the reversal of a 70-year old movement and can be looked upon as a demographic revolution of sorts. It therefore becomes important to examine some regional aspects of the sex ratio in 1981 and to try to identify which are the areas in which this reversal of trend has been achieved. Has the numerical proportion of the sexes risen uniformly all over the country? Or has the rise been in pockets only? This paper is an attempt to answer this question.

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