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The main objective of this paper is to present a proposal of an alternative Multidimensional inequality index. Such index has the advantages of taking the internal inequality into consideration and allowing comparability between groups from different regions. The proposed index uses the variation coefficient as the value of k attributes between the index dimensions as the main measure for the internal set of variables. Moreover, the dimension aggregate using the principal component methodology, which allows the coherent estimation of the parameters from the same sample elements. The presented new way of building the index, formalizes the linear combination and avoid the arbitrary weighting criteria. It also has a theoretical support the comparability between the set of principal elements. More than that, the demonstration of theoretical consistency of the variation coefficient justifies its importance as a measure of each internal attribute.