By Leena Uppal
WHILE THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TRIES to project the fact that the country’s family planning programme has shifted from the old female sterilisation centric approach and now offers a basket of contraceptive choices to couples in the reproductive age group, in actual fact nothing much seems to have changed on the ground. This report from Khurda district in Odisha reveals how women in labour are being forced to agree to go in for tubal ligation, after they deliver their second child at a health facility.
“We are required to motivate and bring in couples for sterilisation, and we try our best to do this. We do not persuade those clients who have daughters to consider this option but prefer to focus on those who have already given birth to boys.”