Print edition : December 12, 2014

At the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Bilaspur on November 13, one of the women who took ill after a government sterilisation camp at a disused charitable hospital being shifted to a private hospital. Photo: ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

Dhania Lal Yadav of Digora village who lost his wife, Deepthi. His youngest child is three and a half months old. The guidelines expressly prohibit tubectomies on women within six months after childbirth. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

The abandoned charitable hospital where the camp took place. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Family members of one of the 13 women who died following the sterilisation drive. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

A protest against the sterilisation deaths, in Bilaspur. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

The sterilisation drive that resulted in the death of 13 women in Chhattisgarh points to the flawed targeted-sterilisation programme with focus on women and the blatant violation of family planning guidelines.
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