CJI worried over sterilisation deaths

Chief Justice of India H L Dattu has expressed concerns over the approach of government towards implementation of family planning schemes in the backdrop of the sterilisation surgery case that left 13 women dead in Chhatisgarh.

“The death of 13 women at a sterilisation camp in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh is a grim reminder of the extent of challenge before us. It raises very important and serious questions about government's approach towards family planning," he said at a convention of International Federation of Women Lawyers in the City on Saturday.

The sterilisation surgeries at Bilaspur's government-run medical camps on November 8 have so far claimed lives of 13 young women and left nearly 138 ill. He said the state's interference in the reproductive autonomy of women must be of highest standard of constitutional safeguards.

“Though the ghost of coercive sterilisation is one and truly worrying, the country needs to raise concerns over adopting unacceptable models of incentivising sterilisation,” Justice Dattu added.

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