These are the voices you did not hear after the Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy

November 22, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

These are the voices you did not hear after the Chhattisgarh sterilization tragedy

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Introduction

Last week the world’s attention was brought to women’s reproductive rights in India. Specifically, women’s rights in the contentious issue of female sterilization, India’s most common method of family planning, as 13 women were declared dead from rat poison-laced drugs given during a large-scale sterilization camp in Chhattisgarh.

 

Last summer we had the opportunity to examine this issue up close. In the course of filming a documentary on the topic of sterilization, we spoke to over 50 women in the state of Uttarakhand about the choices they made and why. Many, we found, preferred sterilization to other methods of contraceptives; they thought it was more reliable, less likely to cause infection, a common belief among women about copper Ts in this region.

 

The recent media attention given to this topic brings to light the suffering of many, and will hopefully provoke the reforms necessary to creating safer medical facilities for all Indians. But the policy is complicated and its effects varied. In any issue involving human rights issues, it is important to hear from the women most affected. Their voice has thus far been left out of the global debate.

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