Indian Muslims Have a Better Sex Ratio Than Hindus
Bangalore: The first episode of the much-hyped and eagerly awaited talk show ‘’Satyameva Jayate’’ recently went on air on Star Plus. The show, hosted by Bollywood actor Amir Khan, aims to bring social issues to light. Khan, who is being hailed as India’s Oprah Winfrey has managed to do what countless organizations and government initiatives have failed to do: put female feticide in the national spotlight.
The statistical evidence presented in the show is indeed disturbing. As per 2011 census, the sex ratio of children under the age of six was 914 girls for every 1000 boys. Studies show that in a natural world, without human interference or manipulation, the sex ratio should ideally be 1,020 females per 1,000 males.
An interesting fact, however, is that India’s Muslims have a better sex ratio. According to the data analyzed from the 2001 census, the sex ratio of Hindus who make up close to 80 percent of the population was 931 while that of Muslims who make up less than 15 percent of the population was 936. A difference of five extra girls per 1,000 boys may seem small but when it’s analyzed in the larger context, it makes a significant difference. This comes as a slap-on-the face of all who believed Islam oppresses women.
There is compelling evidence to show that this analysis is not just a fluke. So, does this finding reflect the Muslim beliefs and values? It’s certainly possible but could something in addition to this also be at work? India RealTime takes a look at this interesting phenomenon.
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