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

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Religion-Specific Differentials in Fertility and Family Planning

Religion-Specific Differentials in Fertility and Family Planning

The relationship between religion and fertility behaviour has prompted much interest, especially in the context of the rising population in developing countries. In India data reveal that the fertility rate among Muslim women is significantly higher than for Hindu women which may in the first instance be attributed to such practices as post-partum abstinence and the length of amenorrhea after child birth. Clearly, however, there are more complex socio-economic reasons for the differential bevariour of the two communities that needs to be better understood.

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