79% women, 78% men in India want a daughter, says NFHS

Indian Spokesman Correspondent

NEW DELHI: According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data, around 79% of women aged 15 to 49 and 78% of men in the 15 to 54 age group in the country wish to have at least one daughter.

In fact, men and women from the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, people following the Islamic faith and those from the lower rungs of the economic ladder are keener to have a girl child.

“The proportion of those wanting a daughter has risen from the 2005-06 NFHS survey in which 74% of women and 65% of men had said they wanted one. Despite this trend, there remains a preference for sons. More rural women (81%) than urban (75%) want one daughter; this proportion is higher (85%) in women who have no education compared to women who have passed Class XII (72%),” writes Radheshyam Jadhav for TOI.

Five percent more men in rural areas want daughter compared to those in urban areas. Again, those men who had not completed schooling wanted a daughter (83%) as compared to 74% of the men who had completed 12 years or more of schooling.

To be noted – Bihar (37%) and UP (31%) had the highest proportion of women who wanted betas more than betis.

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