Female-headed households highest among Christians, says census

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The highest percentage of female-headed households in the country was in the Christian community as per 2011 census, an official statement said on Friday.

Citing data released by the Registrar General of India on households by religion, sex of head of household and household size, the home ministry release said that 81.3 percent of households in the country were from the Hindu community which also has the highest sex size variation.

It said 12.5 percent of households were from Muslim community, 2.5 percent from Christian community, 1.7 percent from Sikh community, 0.7 percent from Buddhist community and 0.4 percent from Jain community.

“The highest percentage of female-headed households is noticed in Christian community (17.4 percent) followed by Buddhist (15.9 percent). The lowest percentage of female headed households is in Jain community (11.5 percent),” the release said.

It said the average household size was higher in male-headed households as compared to female-headed households in all the religious communities.

“Sex wise variation is highest among Hindu community (male-headed household size 4.9, female-headed household size 3.8) and the least variation is seen among Sikh community (male-headed household size 5.1, female-headed household size 4.6),” the release said.

–IANS

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