NDIA'S Supreme Court criticised the country's Census for grouping housewives with prostitutes, beggars and prisoners in the survey's "economically non-productive" category, The Times of India reported overnight.
The censure came as two justices agreed to increase the compensation awarded to a man whose wife died in an accident.
"This bias is shockingly prevalent in the work of Census," Justice A K Ganguly said. "In the Census of 2001, it appears that those who are doing household duties like cooking, cleaning of utensils, looking after children, fetching water, collecting firewood have been categorised as non-workers and equated with beggars, prostitutes and prisoners who, according to Census, are not engaged in economically productive work."
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