Forced sterilisation of India’s poor

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UK aid helps to fund forced sterilisation of India’s poor | World news | The Observer
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/uk-aid-forced-sterilisation-india

Money from the Department for International Development has helped pay for a controversial programme that has led to miscarriages and even deaths after botched operations

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, the Observer has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony. A number of pregnant women selected for sterilisation suffered miscarriages and lost their babies.

The UK agreed to give India £166m to fund the programme, despite allegations that the money would be used to sterilise the poor in an attempt to curb the country’s burgeoning population of 1.2 billion people.

Sterilisation has been mired in controversy for years. With officials and doctors paid a bonus for every operation, poor and little-educated men and women in rural areas are routinely rounded up and sterilised without having a chance to object. Activists say some are told they are going to health camps for operations that will improve their general wellbeing and only discover the truth after going under the knife.

Where is the “choice” in that?! Here is a very real “war on women”, and the feminists who claim to be defenders of women are stone cold silent on (1) this forced sterilization, (2) the brutal treatment of women with second pregnancies in China or even first pregnancies without a permit, and (3) the treatment of women in some Muslim-majority countries.

In Honduras everybody knows that doctors are sterilizing women who give birth in state hospitals, even on whim, while they are unconscious and anesthetized, and many are finding out afterwards.

In one rare uncensored story, Univision reported a few years agone that Peru‘s hospital directors were fighting back against state-imposed quotas for sterilizations.

Like the old folk song said, you might be thinking it’s the war on poverty with a new tactic: Eliminate poverty by eliminating the poor…..

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2 Responses to “Forced sterilisation of India’s poor”

  1. danielwalldammit Says:

    This doesn’t look like a new tactic. It looks like old school to me.

  2. trutherator Says:

    Yep, old as Malthus.

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