8 Women Die After Botched Government Sterilizations in India


#1

New York Times

By ELLEN BARRY and SUHASINI RAJ
NOV. 11, 2014

NEW DELHI — Eight women have died and dozens more are hospitalized after surgical sterilizations at a government-run “health camp” in India, where women and health workers are often compensated for sterilizations in an effort to control population growth, health officials said on Tuesday.

The women were paid 600 rupees, or almost $10, apiece for undergoing the procedure at the camp, said Amar Singh Thakur, joint director of health services in the central Indian district of Bilaspur. One surgeon performed surgery on 83 women in the space of six hours Saturday — meaning he could have spent only a few minutes on each patient, Dr. Thakur said.

The women began to fall ill around five hours after being discharged, Dr. Thakur said, and complained of giddiness, vomiting and low blood pressure, all symptoms of toxic shock. Sixty-eight women are being treated in area hospitals, and four are in serious condition and on ventilators, he said.

All the patients were poor women, between 20 and 35 years old, and already the mothers of two or three children, according to Dr. Ramanesh Murthy, the medical superintendent of the Chhattishgarh Institute of Medical Sciences.

India has a tumultuous history with sterilization, dating to the 1970s, when a ruthless coercive campaign was carried out under Indira Gandhi. Though the country recoiled at those measures, in recent years many state-level policy makers favored a tough approach to population control and began introducing incentives — often financial — to discourage families from having more than two children.

Mass sterilizations are frequently performed in India, and human rights activists have long complained that they are done hastily and under dangerously unsanitary conditions. A 2013 inquiry into post-surgical deaths in the southern state of Tamil Nadu found a death rate of one in every 1,000 women who underwent surgical sterilization.

The Bilaspur deaths, however, mark the largest loss of life during a sterilization drive in recent history.

Officials in the state of Chhattisgarh, where Bilaspur is located, suspended four senior officials in its health department and filed a criminal report against R.K. Gupta, the doctor who performed the surgeries. In a press release, Rahman Singh, leader of the state, said sterilization was a national program, carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“There should not be any laxity in such an important program,” he said.

Conducting such surgeries safely is time-consuming, since it takes 25 to 30 minutes to sterilize and prepare the laproscope ahead of each one, said Raman Kataria, a doctor with Jan Swasthya Sahyog, a nongovernmental organization that carries out sterilizations in the Bilaspur district. Under those constraints, he said, it would be unsafe to try to conduct more than two, or possibly three, per hour.

“This incident is a reflection of a very bad, poor system, of a nonexistent and nonaccountable public health system, where such tragedies are waiting to happen,” Dr. Kataria said. He said there were regularly reports of one or two deaths after health fairs, as the events are also called, but this was the worst incident he could remember.

“This is nothing but coldblooded murder,” he said.

India carries out roughly 37 percent of the world’s female sterilizations, according to a 2011 report by the United Nations. The percentage for China was around 28.

For decades, state governments were given specific targets for sterilizations and developed a “camp approach,” in which surgeons perform dozens of sterilizations in the course of a few hours, said Abhijit Das, director of the New Delhi-based Center for Health and Social Justice.

Those methods were challenged in the mid-1990s, when India endorsed the conclusions of a United Nations conference on population, which called for abandoning contraceptive targets, improving educational programs and offering women voluntary contraceptive choices. Safety standards were introduced, recommending that a surgeon perform no more than 30 procedures a day.

But high-pressure campaigns are still used in states with high fertility rates like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, said Mr. Das, who recalled meeting a surgeon in Madhya Pradesh who claimed to be doing 250 to 300 operations per day. He said the traditional practice was for women to lie on a row of tables, with three health care workers on hand — one preparing the patient, one carrying out the surgery and one stitching up the wound.

He said the most common complication was wound infection.

The practice drew attention in 2012 when a surgeon in the northern state of Bihar performed sterilizations on 53 women over the course of two hours, leaving three women bleeding profusely and prompting a miscarriage in one. A lawsuit brought by human rights advocates against the Indian government asserts that the surgeon operated atop student desks, wore the same gloves throughout and left his patients, still under general anesthesia, lying on straw mats on the ground, to awaken later, bloody and in pain.

Chhattisgarh, where the latest deaths occurred, is one of the poorest states in India, with a population of more than 25 million. The poverty rate is 49 percent, and literacy and health indicators are poor, according to the United Nations Development Program. A decade ago, the state introduced a law requiring local elected officials to have two or fewer children.

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Additional source:
BBC News


#2

“Some non-governmental Organizations work actively to spread abortion, at times promoting the practice of sterilization in poor countries, in some cases not even informing the women concerned. Moreover, there is reason to suspect that development aid is sometimes linked to specific health-care policies which de facto involve the imposition of strong birth control measures. Further grounds for concern are laws permitting euthanasia as well as pressure from lobby groups, nationally and internationally, in favour of its juridical recognition.” - Caritas in veritate


#3

This appears to be a win-win situation for population control advocates. Eight less people to burden the planet no possibility of them having more children.


#4

Sterilizations, abortion, euthanasia, and so-called “same-sex marriage” are all motivated by a utilitarian Malthusian goal to reduce the population by any means.


#5

I read this news story last evening and could not and did not want to believe it.

re·tard
verb
gerund or present participle: retarding
riˈtärd/
delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.
“his progress was retarded by his limp”
synonyms: delay, slow down, slow up, hold back, hold up, set back, postpone, put back, detain, decelerate;


#6

I’m curious why you added same sex marriage in there. How does that reduce the population?


#7

Because homosexual acts never produce children. I’m not talking about the intentions of each homosexual who may or may not be aware of the Malthusian ideology at work behind the promotion of so-called “same-sex marriage.” I’m talking about the overall picture of why there’s been a sudden global push for this to be promoted in society. The overall end result is fewer people in the world which is the same end result of abortion, sterilizations, and euthanasia.


#8

Some homosexuals might try to use artificial means to produce a child, but this is the exception to the rule.


#9

Praying for the repose of their souls.


#10

Ten women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition after a state-run mass sterilisation, a local official said Tuesday.

Many of the more than 80 women who underwent sterilisation at the free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday fell ill shortly afterwards, the official told AFP.

“Reports of a drop in pulse, vomiting and other ailments started pouring in on Monday from the women who underwent surgery,” said Sonmani Borah, the commissioner for Bilaspur district where the camp was held.

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11222316/Eight-Indian-women-die-and-dozens-critical-after-mass-sterilisation.html


#11

So you’re saying that, in no way, are gay marriages reducing the population and in some cases are actually increasing it?


#12

Same-sex couples can’t reproduce.

Convince a sensitive boy that he’s gay; convince a rough-and-tumble girl that she’s a lesbian, and teach them to shun the opposite sex well into their reproductive years, and then stand back and watch family legacies end in a morass of political correct ideology.


#13

Praying for the repose of their souls & for the health & recovery of those injured.


#14

Tell ya what. Show me someone in favor of abortion, euthanasia, contraception, sterilization, who is not in favor of homosex and same-sex marriage and I’ll take seriously the idea that there is no connection. The fact is that all of the above are types of anti-sacramental acts and it is silly to pretend that they don’t stem from the same false quasi-religion.


#15

*Authorities in eastern India came under fire last year after a news channel unearthed footage showing scores of women dumped unconscious in a field following a mass sterilisation. *

No words…:frowning:


#16

That makes no sense. The burden of proof is on the claimant. If you cannot demonstrate a causal connection I have no reason to accept you’re assertion.

By what mechanism does homosexual marriage cause the population to be reduced?


#17

By what mechanism is it possible for the homosexual act to produce a baby? If a homosexual wants a baby they have to use artificial extraordinary means in a laboratory. Heterosexual couples who don’t want a baby use artificial means to try to avoid a pregnancy but still sometimes have a baby anyway.


#18

I wonder how much the surgeon was paid for his “services.”
Mary.


#19

Right. So they don’t add or subtract from the birthrate. Also, regardless of whether they marry or not, they are not going to add or subtract from the birthrate. So gay marriage and gay people in general have no bearing on population control.

Yeah…that’s not how people become gay. It seems like you think it’s a conspiracy. You might want to learn a little bit more about homosexuality if you want to have a productive discussion.


#20

Are you really asking this question??? Isnt it self evident?


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