Target: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
Goal: Stop targeting lower income women for forced sterilization
By 2030, it is projected that India’s population will surpass China’s. This is a cause for great concern for the nation, and India has already set up precautions. Unfortunately, these plans have violated the human rights of many Indian women, as those who are poor have undergone forced sterilization at the hands of the government. Urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to investigate this matter, and halt this inhumane practice.
Tubal ligation is a popular form of birth control for women in India, but this invasive and permanent procedure is not being done correctly or ethically in the country. India has set up massive sterilization camps where women are getting their tubes severed in massive numbers. While the government is offering to pay women for this service, each patient will only receive roughly $23. The government is specifically targeting women from poor neighborhoods — a blatant form of discrimination.
What is also concerning is the way that the procedure is being done. Doctors are only allowed to conduct 30 surgeries per day, but because of bribes and bonuses, some doctors can see hundreds of patients per day. This malpractice has resulted in the death of 13 women who were given contaminated pills, and they all who died in the same week. Since 2003, over 1,400 women have died from botched surgeries, and these deaths could have been prevented if doctors actually cared about their patients.
It is concerning that the Indian government is so willing to force sterilization upon women in India, especially upon those who are poor. What India is doing should be of huge concern because this violates a woman’s bodily right and the government is acting in a discriminatory manner. Tell Prime Minister Narendra Modi to investigate this matter and ensure these forced sterilizations are halted.
Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
Human rights organizations and news outlets are growing concerned with the way your country is targeting low-income women for forced sterilization. It is deeply disturbing that India has set up mass sterilization camps to deal with the country’s population growth. The cleanliness of the camps, along with the ethics of various doctors, have become huge issues. These doctors, who are supposed to only perform up to 30 procedures a day, are sterilizing more women than they should because they want to make money.
The death of 13 Indian women should be a wake-up call, especially when the world is taking notice. I urge you to stop targeting low-income women for this procedure, and halt forced sterilization. Instead, you should be looking into more ethical ways of controlling population growth.
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