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

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Agony of Punjab

some of the countries of the region, and influences the girl child's social value resulting in a higher level of malnutrition and mortality among the females. Besides there are certain cultural beliefs and intra- family food distribution patterns, that adversely influence the young girls' and women's health and in turn that of the coming generation. Low birth weight, one of the major factors contributing to infant mortality and malnutrition, which again has its origin in the poor health and nutrition of the mother and the hard physical work she does right through pregnancy, does not get a mention. Indeed the heavy load of a woman's work has an adverse effect not only on her nutrition but the time she has THE Punjab problem defies a solution principally because it defies a diagnosis.

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