- India ranks 141, above only Armenia, on the health index in World Economic Forum’s The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, which benchmarks gender gaps in 142 countries on economic, political, education and health-based criteria.
- National Family Health Survey – 3 indicates that 35.6 per cent of Indian women are chronically undernourished, with Body Mass Index (BMI) lesser than the cut-off point of 18.5.
- India’s Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), the number of women who die from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births, stands at 190. As a result, India accounts for the maximum number of maternal deaths in the world.
- The Child Sex Ratio, defined as the number of females per 1000 males in the age group of 0-6 years, has been on a declining trend. States/ Union Territories with extremely low child sex ratio are Haryana (830), Punjab (846), Jammu and Kashmir (859) and Delhi (866).