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Why Has the Proportion of Women in India s Population Been Declining

Population Been Declining Kumudini Dandekar The higher mortality of the Indian female compared to that of the male is due to social rather than biological factors. The social unpopularity of the female child, the woman's low status with low levels of education and employability, and the excessive child-bearing which may also be partly due to women's low status, are major contributory factors in the higher rate of mortality among females.

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