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India Stopped Mass Sterilizations a Few Years Back. Now Some Women Struggle to Get the Surgery.

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Two lab assistants prepare for clinical trials of a contraceptive vaccine at the Talwar Foundation in Delhi. Image by Hannah Harris Green. India, 2018.
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Since gaining independence in 1947, India's government has searched for strategies to keep its...

Pinki Sahu sits in a chair surrounded by family members. Pinki lost her sister, Sunita, when she died due to a botched sterilization procedure at a government-run camp in Chhattisgarh. Image by Hannah Harris Green. India, 2018.
Pinki Sahu sits in a chair surrounded by family members. Pinki lost her sister, Sunita, when she died due to a botched sterilization procedure at a government-run camp in Chhattisgarh. Image by Hannah Harris Green. India, 2018.

India used to hold sterilization camps in rural areas as a form of birth control. But they stopped the practice after 14 women at one camp died from complications. Hannah Harris Green looks at the unintended consequences.

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