For its reputation as a progressive state, here’s some good and bad news regarding the state’s population. While overall population growth in the State has remained stagnant or even declined- which means more and more people are using contraceptives, planning better and opting for smaller families, the ratio of girls to boys in the age group of 0-6 is 964 to 1000 as per the last census.
There has been a decline in the ratio of girl children especially in Malappuram region and in Trissur. However, it isn’t clear as to whether the result is due to selective abortion or due to smaller size of families.
As per a survey by the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), in rural areas, it is 960, whereas in urban areas is 958. The overall sex ratio of the state has gone down from 964 per 1000 males in 2011 to 961. However, it isn’t clear if it is due to female foeticide despite legal restrictions or family planning. The district of Thrissur is under scrutiny as the sex ratio is comparatively the lowest at 950.