Goa is the safest Indian state for women, and unsurprisingly Delhi is one of the worst.
What may seem like stale news, is, in fact, the findings of a study conducted across India to examine and identify parameters that aid in the how women-friendly different states are.
NGO Plan India made India’s first-ever gender vulnerability index (GVI), which is expected to help figure out the challenges women face concerning education, health, poverty and safety. The results will assist policy makers to mark out priorities.
The report was released by the Ministry of Women and child Development on Wednesday.
The index has a scale from 0 to 1 that examines how a place fares. If the score is closer to one, the performance of that state is better.
Goa came on top with a GVI of 0.656, ahead of the national average of 0.5314. While it was ahead regarding protection against violence, it was fifth in education, sixth in health and survival, and eighth in poverty.
Kerala’s achievements in health showed in its GVI of 0.634.
At the bottom of the list is Bihar, with a GVI of 0.410. Women and girls in the state are the most unsafe, least healthy and the poorest among the 30 states. Education was also ranked among the lowest.
What about the capital? Delhi ranks at 28, with a GVI score of 0.436, weighed down by its poor track record in education and the abysmal protection of women, with the former, surprisingly, ranked worst.
“Though the girl child comprises nearly half of the population under 18 years, girls in India face a spectrum of multifaceted issues at different ages,” said Bhagyashri Dengle, executive director, Plan India, which put together the index.
Jharkhand takes the spot ahead of Delhi at 27, and Uttar Pradesh follows the capital at 29, with GVIs of 0.450 and 0.434, respectively.
It must be noted that the index can show a high achievement in one sector or dimension leads that lead to stronger outcomes in others.