Rural female literacy rate is a
major indicator of social and economic development in India. It not only
reflects the position of women in the society but also indicates the
overall developmental picture of the nation.
West Bengal falls among the states with
more than 50% rural female literacy in India.
West Bengal has a rural
female literacy rate of 53%
Even though the state
shows a rural female literacy rate of 53%, the percentage is not
uniform throughout the state. It clearly divides into two
unequal halves when rural female literacy <53% is concerned
Uttar Dinajpur and Purulia are districts which feature below the 53%
mark. However, when we enter into the districts, each of these districts
divide into two disproportionate halves after a certain point, which indicate higher
concentration of illiteracy in particular geographical divisions.
Surprisingly, districts like Nadia and Paschim Medinipur which present a
better picture in terms of rural female literacy (>53%) also divide into
two unequal halves very similar to their deficient counterparts,
indicating, once more, a higher concentration of illiteracy in
particular geographical divisions.