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    11 Facts About Gender Inequality In India That Will Truly Shock You

    Up to 8 million female foetuses may have been aborted in India over the previous decade.

    1. Over the last three years, there were over 24,000 reported dowry deaths in India.

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    2. As many as 70% of married women in India between 15 and 49 years of age are victims of beatings or rape.

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    3. According to a 2011 study, 72% of acid-attack cases in India from 2002 to 2010 included at least one female victim.

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    4. According to UNICEF, foetal sex determination by unethical medical professionals has today grown into a ₹1,000 crore industry in India.

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    5. Following the 2011 census, a number of activists raised concerns that up to 8 million female foetuses had been aborted in the previous decade.

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    6. Although child marriage is illegal in India, almost half of all women between the ages of 20 and 24 years were married off before the legal age of 18.

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    7. According to a report, India shows "extremely high" levels of gender inequality, with a Gender Parity Score of 0.48, compared to an ideal score of 1.

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    In contrast, Western Europe scored 0.71 and North America scored 0.74 respectively.

    8. A recent survey revealed that the median wage for women in India was 27% lower than what men make.

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    9. According to the National Crime Record Bureau's 2014 report, 39.8% of rape victims in India are girls under the age of 18.

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    10. While the male literacy rate of India stands at 82.14%, the female literacy rate is only 65.46%, with Rajasthan having the lowest female literacy at 52.66%.

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    11. And despite an improving child sex ratio, India still ranks an abysmal 127th out of 146 in the United Nation's Gender Inequality Index.

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