In India, the first ever gender vulnerability index was calculated which ranked states on the basis of the safety of women. The report based on challenges faced by Indian women on the parameters, education, health, poverty and protection against violence was prepared by Plan India. The states were ranked on a scale of 0 to 1. The states having index near to one were considered the safest, whereas the ones near to zero were considered the most unsafe.
1. Goa, The Safest!
Well, the results are quite unexpected here, as the safest state according to the Gender Vulnerability Index is Goa. It has a GVI of 0.656. Goa was ranked first in terms of protection.
Kerala, which is ranked second, has a GVI of 0.634. It is mainly because of the achievements Kerala has gained in the field of health.
The North-Eastern states have always been a topic of discussion. On one hand, where Assam is ranked number one in terms of crime against women, Mizoram, on the other hand, is ranked third in terms of safety of women.
Another state from North India which surprised everyone by standing fourth in the list of safest states for women.
Yet another state from North India which happens to be in the top 10 safest states for women is doing a lot to improvise the condition of women.
6. Himachal Pradesh
Almost all women living in Himachal Pradesh are working for their livelihood. They help their husband in farming and agriculture. They are bound to traditions, but this state is a safe place for women.
Karnataka is a good example of the overall development of women. It stands seventh in the list of safest states for women.
Punjab was rated well in all dimensions except poverty. It has a GVI of 0.592 which is a little greater than the national average of 0.5314.
Maharashtra mainly focused on women safety in IT sector, which cause it to slip to 9th position. It has a GVI of 0.592 which is exactly the same as that of Punjab.
10. Tamil Nadu
Standing in the 10th position, Tamil Nadu comes under the category of ‘satisfactory performance’. it has a GVI of 0.582.
The Worst, And Expected!
The worst performing state is Bihar with a GVI of just 0.410. Researchers claim that over 39% girls are married before their legal age and over 12 % girls in the age group 15-19 are pregnant or are having kids.
What About Others?
Delhi, the capital of India, got a GVI of 0.436. Delhi, UP, and Bihar are on the bottom because of the condition of women in these three states. Punjab on the 8th position and Sikkim on the 4th position ranks well in all dimensions except for poverty.
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