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

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There Is a Glaring Gender Bias in Death Registrations in India

In the absence of a reliable Civil Registration System in India, the sample registration system, beginning in 1970, has been the only source of information that allows us to track the Sustainable Development Goals, calculate the human development index, and measure sex ratios. Since 2001, however, there has been no attempt to examine the quality of the sample registration system. In this context, the present article carries out such an exercise and finds that there was an undercounting of deaths in India by around 4.3% for males and 11.3% for females during 2001 – 10.

Update on Trends in Sex Ratio at Birth in India

With additional data available at more regular intervals on sex ratio at birth, it is easier to track changes without depending on the decennial censuses. However, the diversity of sources also means differences in trends across sources and regions. A brief analysis of the latest available data is presented to identify the most recent trends and concerns in states that need attention, like north-western and eastern states of India.
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