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Indian Christians Treat Their Women Better, Sex Ratio Highest

December 25, 2007 at 3:14 PM India Special   - G J E 4
On the eve of this Christmas, some cheering news for Indian Christians, something that can make them hold their heads high.
Indian Christians Treat Their Women Better, Sex Ratio Highest

They treat their women better and the sex ratio amongst them the highest among all communities in the country, according to data for 2004-05 released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).

Interestingly modernization may not have much to do with the flattering trends. If the sex ratio is better, it could be because a large proportion of Christians live in the tribal areas of the North East, and the tribals do not endorse the inhuman practice of female foeticide or discrimination against the girl child.

That apart, sustained educational levels have led the Christians to a better economic status in India. According to the NSS Report, 47% of Christians in urban areas and 38% in the rural areas come within the top third of monthly earning categories, much ahead of Hindus (24%) and Muslims (20%).

Christians have the highest literacy rate among all religious communities. For men, it is 80% in rural areas and 96% in urban areas. For women, it is 69% in rural areas and 89% in urban areas. This is way ahead of other communities, especially for women. Among Hindus and Muslims, only about 41% of the women are literate in the rural areas. In urban areas, 73% of Hindu women and 60% of Muslim women are literate.

A larger proportion of Christian children start attending educational institutions earlier, and continue till later. Moreover, there are proportionately more graduates among Christians than in any other community.

Also the Christian community has the highest proportion of the elderly— nearly 20% of the total. Among Hindus it is 14%, while among Muslims, it is 11%. This may be because of better economic status and educational levels, which would tend to lower birth rates and increase longevity, thereby skewing the age structure upwards compared to other communities. However, education cannot by itself be the path for economic progress, it seems.

Their participation in the workforce is roughly the same as for other communities among men and slightly higher among women. But compared to five years ago, this represents a slowing down of their economic contribution, and hence implies lesser opportunities.

This is further confirmed by unemployment rates. Among Christians, the extent of unemployed has increased from 4% to 4.4% in rural areas, and from 7% to 9% in urban areas between 1999-2000 and 2004-05. For other communities, it has remained broadly the same or has slightly decreased.

Another disturbing factor is that there is increasing caste discrimination within the community.

According to some experts, over 70% of Christians are considered lower castes within the community.

In terms of geographical distribution, it is in the north-eastern region and in Kerala in the south they are found in large numbers. In all at 24 millions, Christians constitute around 2.3% of the country's population in 2001.

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I do not understand what the article is for.
and the comment by Marla Conklin, is totally irrelevent to the article. It is kind of an advertisement for Christianilty.
I am shocked that Medindia & editors allowed such comments.

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I just read the artical on Indian Christians. I am an American and I visited India in Feb.2006. I am a Christian woman and never in my life have I ever experienced the devotion the Indian people have for their gods. What was sad to me is they are worshiping their gods the way God in Heaven would want them to worship him. I love the Indian people with all my heart and wish to be back there again someday. I believe God is moving upon the face of the earth and looking for those who want him to love. As I shared with the family I stayed wioth..I want to share with anyone who reads this artical...the way to the real God, the only God, the one who loves us all and wants to bless us abundently is to believe in his son JESUS CHRIST...who died o the crown for our sins so that we can go to the father in heaven and spend eternity with him....all yu have to do to get yur ticket to heaven is believe that Jesus was his son and he died 2008 years ago for your sins and ask hin to forgive you and to come into your life..you will be saved then and will be guaranteed your life in heaven forever...you must confess this with your mouth and heart whereever you are...and you will be saved. If you want to know how God blesses you after tht please write to me...I will share my testimony. He will set you free from your debts, sickness, poverty...and anything that has you in bondage.. just read the artical above again and look at the statistics..of how he changes peoples lives...God bless you .....Majama
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