India began grappling with the magnitude of its population even before it became independent in 1947; it was labelled a crisis in the 1970s when the government of Indira Gandhi carried out mandatory sterilizations, en masse. But since those dark days, the country has emerged as a leader in the field, adopting the language of “reproductive health and rights.” Being surgically sterilized seems an extreme form of contraception for a young woman.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Anita had the first of her three children at 16, and was sterilized at 23 in 2010. "I had to do a lot of work to convince my in-laws. I was so tired, after three pregnancies in four years. Eventually they agreed. The government gave me R1,000 ($20.) The [health] worker double-checked with my in-laws before she took me to the hospital, because she knew she would get in trouble if they hadn’t agreed." This report has similar stories like the story above mentioned.
Source: The Globe and Mails
News on Family Planning
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