The Coalition Against Two-Child Norm, Human Rights Watch and CommonHealth issued a joint statement on July 12, 2012, at the conclusion of the Global Family Planning Summit, held at London on July 11, 2012. The joint statement among the different critical concerns on Quality of Care, raised the issue of Reproductive Rights being Integral to Contraceptive Services in India.
The Coalition organised a press interaction on the eve of World Population Day (10th July 2012) and called experts like Mr. AR Nanda, Ms. Sona Sharma (PFI), Dr. Rita Sarin (The Hunger Project), Devika Biswas (PIL applicant in Kaparfora case, Bihar) and Santosh (Manjari Rajasthan), working directly with the women. India is in a phase with is in its lowest population growth rate phase in 50 years, experts have pitched for a review of the family planning policy as it continues to focus on controlling population explosion.
The National Coalition Against Two-Child Norm and Coercive Population Policies was formed last December. The Coalition, housed in the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) in Delhi, has as its chairperson former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. A.R. Nanda, who was responsible for the National Population Policy 2000 that marked the radical shift from incentive and coercion to a more people-centred policy. The Coalition challenges the two-child norm as it is anti-democratic , anti-women and anti-children and affects dalits, adivasis, women and the poor adversely. The norm has affected the political participation of youth, who comprise 50 per cent of the population, as it is they who are disqualified on grounds of having more than two children, while elderly couples with more children are not touched.