About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Census of India 2011: 1.21 Billion People

by Sheela Philomena on April 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Font : A-A+

 Census of India 2011: 1.21 Billion People

India's population has jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, according to new census data. This rise in the population has made India more populous than Indonesia, United States, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh combined.

The nation's cultural preference for male children continues to shape the population.The child sex ratio in the country declined to 914 females to 1,000 males, the lowest figures since 1947, the data recorded.

Advertisement

Sex selective abortion based on ultrasound scans is illegal in India but mothers come under huge pressure to produce male heirs who are seen as wage-earners and future family leaders.

Equality campaigners say the imbalance is due in part to unwanted daughters, who are often considered financial burdens, being neglected after birth.
Advertisement

The issue of "gendercide" is one of the most contentious social problems in Asia, where the United Nations says millions of women are effectively missing from the population.

India started its 2011 census in April last year, with 2.5 million officials travelling across the nation to reach more than 600,000 villages and 7,000 towns and cities.

Final census figures are expected to be released later this year.

Last month China said that its population -- already the world's largest -- increased by 6.3 million last year to hit 1.341 billion by the end of 2010.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
Test Your Knowlege on Genes
Obesity in Teens Make Inroads into Early Atrial Fibrillation
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Iron Intake Calculator Post-Nasal Drip Noscaphene (Noscapine) Drug Interaction Checker Drug - Food Interactions How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Blood - Sugar Chart Vent Forte (Theophylline)
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Census of India 2011: 1.21 Billion People Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests