Deaths shine light on ‘horrible’ conditions in India’s mass sterilization camps

By Annie Gowen, November 12, 2014

NEW DELHI — It’s called sterilization season.

In rural India, doctors and public health officials aiming to meet family-planning targets set up “sterilization camps” where women arrive by the jeep-loads. They lie on makeshift operating tables while doctors quickly slice open their bellies, insert a laparoscope and tie their fallopian tubes. There are quotas to meet.

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