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Women in India forced to have hysterectomies

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:558
  1. G Nandan

    Women with learning disabilities in India can be forced to have hysterectomies, said Maharashta's state government last week. The ruling follows a nationwide controversy that erupted last month when gynaecologists carried out hysterectomies on 11 women with learning disabilities at a hospital in Pune in Maharashta.

    The women, aged between 18 and 35, are residents of an institution run by the government. Health authorities claim that consent was given by the women's parents or other lawful guardians and that the operations were done to maintain the women's hygiene during menstruation and to prevent …

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