Table 1

Social demographic profile of sampled households, n = 1101

Social demographic

Variables

No. of households (%)

Remarks


Upazila (sub-district) of Meherpur district

Gangni upazila

449 (40.8)

341.98 Square km

Mujibnagar upazila

200 (18.2)

112.68 Square km

Meherpur Sadar upazila

452 (41.1)

261.42 Square km

Total

1101 (100)

716.08 Square km


Education level of head of household

None

467 (42.4)

Bangladesh census: 42.1 [18]

Primary

329 (29.9)

Bangladesh census: 31.7 [18]

Secondary

209 (19.0)

Bangladesh census: 22.4 [18]

College or university

51 (4.6)

Bangladesh census: 3.4 [18]

Post-graduate

9 (0.8)

Bangladesh census: 0.4 [18]

Other

31 (2.8)

Missing

5 (0.5)


Religion of head of household

Muslim

1058 (96.1)

Meherpur in 2001: 97.6%

Hindu

25 (2.3)

Meherpur in 2001: 1.1%

Missing

18 (1.6)


Occupation of head of household

Not working

24 (2.2)

Meherpur in 2001: 27.5%

Household work

50 (4.5)

Meherpur in 2001: 33.2%

Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry or hunting

603 (54.8)

Meherpur in 2001: 27.4%

Business

206 (18.7)

Meherpur in 2001: 4.7%

Service, journalist or teacher

42 (3.8)

Meherpur in 2001: 0.3%

Other

157 (14.3)

Meherpur in 2001: 6.6%

Missing

19 (1.7)


Monthly income of household

(Exchange rate:

Bangladesh taka: USD = 68:1)

< 2000 taka

249 (22.6)

Poverty line: 1 USD per day

2000 ≤ × <4000 taka

527 (47.9)

Poverty line: 2 USD per day

4000 ≤ × < 8000 taka

241(21.9)

2-4 USD per day

≥ 8000 taka

74 (6.7)

≥ 4USD per day

Missing

10 (0.7)


Family member is involved in political party

None

808 (73.4)

Awami League

128 (11.6)

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

127 (11.5)

Jamaat-e-Islami Party

31 (2.8)

Other

3 (0.3)

Missing

4 (0.4)


Family has personal, financial or political conflict with other families

No conflict

295 (26.8)

Yes

803 (72.9)

Missing

3 (0.3)


Family member has ever participated in a demonstration, a strike or a human rights rally

No

606 (55.0)

Yes

492 (44.7)

Missing

3 (0.3)


Family has relative or friend working with a law enforcement agency

No

536 (48.7)

Yes

562 (51.0)

Missing

3 (0.3)


Wang et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009 9:29   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-29

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