Half of the total population in India constitutes women. Women are lagging behind in education, health care, and economic participation as compared to men. The child sex ratio has declined from 945 in 1991 to 927, showing the growing incidents of female foeticide in the country.
(ii) The married women population close to 3,00,000 have already given birth to one child. About 50% the married women between the age of 15 and .49 suffer from anemia. This resulted in 19% of maternal deaths.
(iii) The major cause of maternal morbidity and
mortality in India is abortions. These factors point towards the women's health due to which it has become a matter of great concern.