Goa ranked top and Bihar featured at the lowest in Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) released by Child development NGO ‘Plan India’. The composite index has been developed within research for the NGO’s Plan for Every Child campaign which is aimed at comprehensively understanding the dimensions of various problems affecting children, particularly girls, in difficult circumstances. The index, which provides a state wise ranking, has been calculated by analysing four issues pertinent to the situation of girls — child safety/protection, poverty, health and education.
In the ranking, Goa is followed by Kerala, Mizoram and Sikkim. Bihar ranked the lowest at 30. The highest ranking north Indian state is Himachal Pradesh at the sixth position. The multidimensional index, which analyses more than 170 indicators, has been developed to serve as measurable evidence with the aim of assisting and influencing policy makers.