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Data Stories

Rising Caesarean Births Increase Inequity For Women Among Different Social Groups

Caesarean births are on the rise in  almost all Indian states, according to latest available data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5). In the southern state of Telangana, 60% of all births are caesarean deliveries. Most of the births by C-section surgeries take place in private hospitals in urban areas for upper caste, affluent and more educated women.The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that while caesarean section births can effectively prevent maternal and perinatal mortality, it is hardly beneficial for women and children who do not require it. In fact, the international healthcare community has considered 10 % to

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Data Stories

Teen Pregnancies Drop In India, Urban Rural Divide Still High

Teen pregnancies declined in most states and UTs of the country but there continues to be a great divide between rural and urban India according to the latest data of the The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)- 5 released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in December 2020. 16 of 22 states for which data has been released thus far saw a decline in teen pregnancies from the previous round of NFHS-4 released in 2017, where 8 % of Indian women aged between 15-19 had begun childbearing.One-fifth of all the global adolescents live in India, according to a

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Analysis

Indian Women Have Greater Voice in Households But Less Property Ownership

More women are engaging in making decisions within their households, are owning and using bank accounts and mobile phones which reflects greater agency  that they are able to exercise. However, fewer women are now owning property either jointly or alone (land and house) than in 2017 in several states across India, according to data from the first phase of the latest round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) released by the Government of India  in December 2020. The data released for 22 states and Union Territories (UT) of India, also shows that more rural women have ownership of land and