Sex ratio in Telangana – best and worst districts

Hyderabad: In Telangana, the lowest ratio of women to men is in the capital. Hyderabad has only 959 women for every 1,000 men, according to a report released Monday by the Council for Social Development (CSD).

However, for every 1,000 men in the state, there are 1,049 women. This is a considerable growth from 2015-2016, when the ratio was 1,007 women per 1,000 men. Jagtial has the highest ratio of 1219 females per 1000 males in the state.

Sex ratio of Telangana. (Courtesy: CSD report)

The findings of the CSD were published in a detailed statistical report on the health and demographic situation of the district in Telangana. The report is based on two rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) – Round 4 (2015-2016) and Round 5 (2019-2020) conducted after the state was formed in 2014.

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Here is an interactive showing the sex ratio of three upper and lower districts in Telangana:

Although social practices such as female feticide and infanticide have made it difficult to achieve uniformity in the sex ratio, Telangana has managed to narrow the gap considerably. To prevent sex-selective abortions (i.e. female infanticide), India banned prenatal sex determination in 1996.

According to the report, the sex ratio at birth for children born in the past five years stands at 894 females per 1,000 males in the state, a slight improvement from 872 in 2015-2016.

However, the numbers do not look great for Hyderabad as the ratio of girls to boys born in the last five years is below the state average. Hyderabad has 844 girls born for every 1000 boys born in the last five years.

Sex ratio at birth in Telangana. (Courtesy: CSD report)
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