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Indian women's groups protest at new contraceptive trial

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:130
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Mumbai

    India's leading women's groups held a noisy demonstration outside the health ministry on World Population day last week against the introduction of contraceptives that they considered hazardous. They also demanded the withdrawal of “coercive” population policies in several states.

    It followed the announcement last month by the health minister, C P Thakur, that the long acting injectable contraceptive norethisterone would be introduced on a trial basis in 12 medical college hospitals across India.

    But Brinda Karat, general secretary of All India Democratic Women's Organisation, is concerned at the proposals. “The Indian Council of Medical Research had done some trials [of norethisterone] in the early 1980s which were withdrawn precisely because it was found that it was not suitable for Indian conditions,” she said

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