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Thirteen women die from mass sterilisation in Chhattisgarh

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6868
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

The death toll from a government run mass sterilisation programme in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh reached 13 on 12 November, with a further 14 women described as “seriously ill.”

The deaths triggered outrage across central India, where protesters took to the streets, smashed cars, and asked for the resignation of Raman Singh, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh.1

The sterilisations took place on 8 November in Bilaspur. A 59 year old doctor, R K Gupta, performed laparoscopic sterilisations on 83 women at a mass sterilisation camp held under a government …

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