- India has a child gender ratio of 918 girls for every 1000 boys. This statistic has, in fact, seen a decline over the past two decades, showing that the country still has work in order to reach at least a ratio of 952. In addition, the national female literacy rate falls at around 65%, a pressing factor that must be addressed.
- Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra require special attention due to the fact that all of their child gender ratios fall below the value of 900.
- Bihar, Rajasthan, Jhakarand, Uttar Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh have some of the lowest female literacy rates, all below 50%. They also host some of the most drastic differences between the male and female literacy rates. Female literacy rate has proven to have a correlation with female infanticide.
- According to a 2005-2006 census, couples in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Arunachal Pradesh heavily prefer male children. This presents a cause for concern because those parents will likely resort to techniques such as foeticide in order to produce sons.
- Some states that have, however, maintained a strong balance of boys and girls include Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, and Kerala.
- Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, have highly skewed numbers of boys and girls. Even though they do not fit into the stereotype of a traditional society facing the problem of female infanticide, these cities likely are not free from the problem of child gender selection.
- In terms of gender ratio, the lowest values are held by cities including Mahesana, Agra, Modinagar, English Bazaar, Bahadurgarh, and Rewari. All of these cities have a ratio under 790, a value far below even the normal birth ratio of 952.
- Even though the Delhi Cantonment is listed under the cities with below-normal child gender ratios, this condition is likely caused by the fact that many male military members live in the cantonment without wives or children, leading to a skewed gender ratio with the relatively smaller number of families.
- However, in spite of the seemingly overwhelming news about the situation of female infanticide, many cities have done an incredible job keeping their child gender ratio at a healthy level. These include Bally (West Bengal), Nagaon (Assam), Tambaram (Tamil Nadu), Robertsonpet (Karnataka), Eluru (Andhra Pradesh), Puducherry (Puducherry), Aizawl (Mizoram), Kolar (Karnataka), Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu), and Nagercoil (Tamil Nadu).