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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Memorandum to the Honourable Prime Minister of India from Women and Health Organizations on Gender Justice vs. Population Control

21 January, 2005

 

Women’s organizations in India demanded access to family planning — knowledge and services — a quarter of a century before India’s independence as a right. This position was reiterated in the Report of the Sub-Committee on Women of the National Planning Committee (1941). It is thus a tragedy that this need for contraceptive services translates into coercive population programmes that cast poor women as the primary enemy of the Indian nation.

Women and children — according to the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA Government — must bear the full burden of population control. Nearly half a century ...

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