Factors Responsible for the Rapid Growth of Population in India

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Factors responsible for the rapid growth of population in India

India is the second overpopulated country in the world which reached 1.21 billion(1,210,193,422 Crores). It is next to China and has 2.4 per cent of the total population of the world land area where she has to support nearly 16% of the total world population. According to the 2001 census india population was102.7 crores. The growth of population per year is more than 17 million which is equal to the total population of Australia and little more population than Japan. So it is right said that India creates one Australia and little more Japan in a year. The density of population is 382 per square kilometer in 2011. The life expectancy is 69.89 years, literacy rate 65.4 per cent and the sex ratio is 933 females per 1000 males. The annual growth rate of population was 2.14 in 1991 which decreased to 1.95 according to 2001 census. Causes of rapid growth of population in India

There are various causes responsible for the rapid growth of population in India. Generally all the causes can be divided into three categories like - (I) High birth rate, (II) Low birth rate, (III) Migration. (I) High Birth Rate (Fertility) :

Birth rate refers to the number of children taking birth per thousand people. In 1991the birth rate was 29.9 per thousand. In 2000 the birth rate was 25.8 per thousand which is very compound to other counties of the world. Birth rate is high due to the following reasons. Early Marriage System :

Early marriages are commonly seen in our country. It is generally in the case of women. Maximum number of girls are married between 16 to 18 years. Early marriage prolongs the childbearing period and this leads to a high rate of growth of population.

Universal Marriage : 

Marriage is universal practice and regarded as a sacred obligation in India. Presently in India about 76 per cent of the women are married at their reproductive age. By attaining the age of 50 only 5 out of 100...
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