Karnataka Records 5% Decline in Muslim Birth in 2017, 0.2% Rise in Hindu: Registrar General of India on Population
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Bengaluru, January 3: Two days after the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund released a data that India would welcome 69,944 babies on the first day of the year 2019, a new data was released by the Registrar General of India stating that 9.3 lakh births were registered in families of Hindus, 1.6 lakh in Muslims and 6,431 in Christians in Karnataka in 2017.

With this report, it is visible that there has been an increase of 0.2 percent in Hindu child took birth in 2017, compared to 2016 report. However, there has been a decrease of 5 percent in Muslim birth and 13 percent in Christians in comparison to the registered deliveries in 2016. The data are compiled by the Registrar General of India, based on information submitted by the Karnataka government. It further stated that in 2016, 9.3 lakh Hindu, 1.7 lakh Muslim and 7,369 Christian newborns were registered. India to Welcome 69,944 Babies on First Day of New Year 2019, Highest in World.

Stating the reason for change in the decrease in the birth of babies among minorities, Prof CM Lakshmana - head of the Population Research Centre at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) - said, as reported by TOI, "Changing trends in education levels, acceptance and family planning would have played a key role. But it is difficult to attribute any particular reason for the dip in Muslim and Christian families without an in-depth study."

Considering the UNICEF report, the fact is surprising that around 70,000 children would take birth in a single day in India - highest in the world. With this speed, India would soon beat China in terms of population, which welcomed around 44,940 babies in comparison to India on New Year's Day.

The UNICEF report further states that an estimated 3,95,072 babies, including 69,944 babies in India, will be born around the world on New Year’s Day. Among those, a quarter will take birth in South Asia alone, said the UNICEF report.