In India, Muslims have highest share of children

New Delhi: A recent data released by Census Organization of India has revealed that in India, the largest number of teenagers and children belongs to Muslim community.

According to Census 2011, Muslims have a share of 47%, followed by Hindus at 40% and Jains at 29% .

The data claims that if all communities are taken together, around 41% of the country's population is below 20 years old and nine percent above 60 years, leaving 50% in the intervening 20-59 age group.

Today, every fifth person in India is an adolescent (10-19 years) and every third – a young person (10-24 years), said the report.

According to 2001 census, the share of the young population was 45 percent for the whole country (44 percent for Hindus, 52% for Muslims and 35% for Jains).

News24 Bureau