National Family Health Survey-III

1. 59% of women in Bihar have been beaten by their husbands and 32% of women find such abuse justified if a woman argues with her spouse, shows disrespect to her in-laws or is suspected of having an extra-marital relationship.

2. The survey found that in Bihar, the perpetration of physical, sexual and emotional violence against women cut across demographic categories.

3. More than half the surveyed adults in the age group of 15-49 (57%) believe it is justified for a husband to beat his wife under specific circumstances.

4. The survey found Himachal Pradesh, with 6%, reporting the least number of women being beaten by their husbands. Delhi, Kerala, J&K ranked among the 'best' five states with the incidence of violence against wives ranging between 13% and 16%.

5. The 'worst' states were Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, with the incidence ranging between 40% and 46%.

6. If 66% of males in the lowest wealth index scales had perpetrated violence on their wives, those in the highest wealth index were not far behind at 56%. Wife beating in middle class homes stood at 55%.

7. The survey found nuclear families were likely to record more widespread violence, with 63% women saying they were victims of domestic violence.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Bihar-leads-wife-beaters-pack/Article1-642...

Report: http://www.nfhsindia.org/nfhs3_national_report.shtml


Human Development Report 2010

1. India ranks 122 among 138 countries for which the gender inequality measure has been calculated. Pakistan is at 116, and Bangladesh is a notch higher at 112.

2. For maternal mortality, the figure for Pakistan is 320 deaths per 100,000 live births. In India, the corresponding figure stands at 450.

3. In India the adolescent fertility rate is 68 births per 1,000 live births as compared to 45 births per 1,000 live births in Pakistan. The figures illustrate that Pakistan have fewer younger mothers.

4. India does better in female participation in the labour force, with the figure being 36% for the nation as opposed to 23% for Pakistan.

5. India needs to do better is at the level of Parliamentary participation. most countries where women have found more places in Parliament are those where affirmative action has been put in place like Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and even Rwanda.

6. On the education front, at secondary and higher level, too, India needs to move fast to remove the disparity. While 50% men are covered at this level, for women, this figure stands at a mere 27%.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-is-worse-than-Pakistan-on...

The Global Gender Gap Report 2010

1. India has ranked 114th out of 134 countries measured.

2. Iceland, Norway and Finland topped the WEF annual gender gap index, while Pakistan, Chad and Yemen were in the bottom of the 134-nation rankings.

3. The United States surged from 31st last year to 19th, while France dropped more than 25 places to 46th, mainly because of its "poor performance" in women's political empowerment.

4. In India, Only 14% of the companies questioned have 40% or more women among their employees.These women employees are mainly present at the entry and middle levels of management.

5. Most companies do not track salary gaps, despite the clear wage gaps between women and men – only 4% of the companies surveyed are attempting to monitor salary gaps.

6. India holds last place among the BRIC countries on the Index, behind Russia (51), China (60) and Brazil (82).

7. In South Asia, the sub-continent is in second-to-last place behind Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and ahead of Pakistan. Sri Lanka leads in the rankings by far, holding 16th position, followed by Bangladesh (94), Maldives (100), Nepal (110), India (114) and Pakistan (132).

Source: http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap2010/India.pdf