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According to Progress for Children: A Report Card on Adolescents (UNICEF-2012), Number 10, April, 2012, please click here to access:  

• Some 1.2 billion adolescents (10−19 years old) presently constitute 18 per cent of the world’s population. More than half of all adolescents live in Asia. In absolute numbers, India is home to more adolescents–around 243 million–than any other country. It is followed by China, with around 200 million adolescents.

• Every year, globally, 1.4 million adolescents die from road traffic injuries, complications of childbirth, suicide, violence, AIDS and other causes.

• Adolescent aged 10-19 constituted 20 percent of Indian population in 2010.

• 22 percent of Indian women aged 20-24 gave birth before age 18 during 2000-2010.

• Nearly 47 per cent of adolescent girls aged 15–19 in India are underweight, with a body mass index of less than 18.5.

• In India, more than half of girls aged 15–19 are anaemic. 39 percent of Indian adolescent girls are mildly anaemic, 15 percent are moderately anaemic and 2 percent are severely anaemic.

• 88 percent of male and 72 percent of female adolescents (aged 15-19) in India had media exposure at least once a week during 2000-2010.

• Bangladesh, India and Nigeria alone account for one in every three of the world’s adolescent births.

• In India, less than 30 per cent of mothers under 20 years old in the poorest households are assisted during delivery by a skilled birth attendant, compared to 90 per cent of young mothers in the richest households.

• Young women in the poorest households are seven times more likely to give birth before age 18 than young women from the richest households in India.

• 57 percent of adolescent Indian boys (15-19 years) justified wife-beating by husbands as compared to 53 percent female adolescents during 2002-2010.

• 8 percent of female adolescents (aged 15-19) in India had sex before age 15 during 2005-2010 as compared to 3 percent of male adolescents.

• 19 percent of female adolescents (aged 15-19) in India had comprehensive knowledge of HIV during 2005-2010 as compared to 35 percent male adolescents.

• 30 percent of Indian female adolescents (aged 15-19) were either married or in union during 2000-2010 as compared to 5 percent male adolescents.


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