India slumps in gender equality ranking despite rapid growth, well below China and Brazil

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A global report shows Indian woman still face some of the world's worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth.

The annual Gender Gap Index by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum released Tuesday showed India's ranking falling from 101st out of 136 countries surveyed last year to 114th out of 142 countries this year.

That puts India far below other fast-developing nations including China, ranked 87th, and Brazil at 71.

Nordic nations lead the world again in promoting equality of the sexes, with Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the top five spots.

The United States rose three places to rank 20th, while Yemen, Pakistan and Chad remained at the bottom.