Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Shotgun Sterilisations

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Shotgun Sterilisations

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Population control policy in India has come under intense criticism once again following allegations that officials in Uttar Pradesh state, India's most populous state, have been trading guns for sterilisations.

Stories have emerged that landowners wanting gun licenses have tricked unsuspecting peasants into being sterilised. The going rate is apparently a shotgun licence in return for two sterilisations and a revolver licence in return for five. Once the peasants have been sterilised the officials issue the gun licence to the landlord.

India's population control policies caused an international outcry almost 30 years ago when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's son Sanjay ran mass compulsory sterilisation programmes under the Emergency from 1975-77. One memorable feature of this was bribing young men to have vasectomies in return for transistor radios.

A year ago the state government in Kerala, in southern India, ordered an investigation into alleged 'mass sterilisation' of tribal people in the Wayanad district, undertaken as part of an aggressive family planning drive. The decision came in the wake of reports that more than 1,000 people had been sterilised in various camps held in tribal pockets in the northern district between April and October last year. …

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