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Women's groups in India call on men to take more active role in contraception

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:476
  1. Manjulika Das
  1. Calcutta

    Women's rights activists in India have launched an initiative to improve men's contribution to the country's family planning programme.

    Recent statistics have shown the poor effect of population control strategies. The 2001 census report showed India's population to be just over a billion, about 20% higher than the 1991 figure of 850 million.

    Women's groups have not only called on men to take more responsibility for family planning but also urged the government to take note of the situation.

    “The present scenario must be changed in all parts of India,” said Jasodhara Bagchi, an activist from the West Bengal chapter of the State Commission for Women. “Working amid the common people, we would make them …

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