Composite measure of Age-Specific Mortality Rate of rural females at sub-national level in India
Age-Specific Mortality Rate (ASMR) is a mortality rate restricted to a particular age group. Rural Indian women face several socio-economic and cultural issues which contribute to adverse health effects and increased mortality rates among rural women across different age categories. To analyze the impact of these issues on female mortality across different age groups, it is essential to study ASMR comprehensively. In this context, the authors presented a dataset regarding the Age-Specific Mortality Rate of rural women in India at the sub-national level from 2011-to 2018. The Sample Registration System (SRS) statistical reports publish ASMR by sex and residence for four-component age groups, i.e., 0-4 years, 5-14years, 15-59 years, and 60 years and above. The authors extracted the ASMR data from the SRS statistical reports available on the web portal of the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner under the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs. Subsequently, the data was randomly chosen and rechecked for errors in data entry. The extracted ASMR data was normalized using the 'Minimum-Maximum approach' to compute various sub-indices, which were subsequently used to compute the composite ASMR index. The benchmark values for normalization were identified using historical ASMR values published in SRS statistical reports from 1971 to 2018 for each component age group.