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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Petition to the National Human Rights Commission

 

Justice J.S. Varma

Chair,

National Human Rights Commission

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

We, representatives of women’s groups and health groups, are deeply disturbed by several issues pertaining to population policies in our country.

In February 2000, the Government of India adopted the National Population Policy 2000. One undoubtedly positive feature of the policy is that it resolutely affirms the “commitment of the government towards voluntary and informed choice and consent of’ citizens while availing of reproductive health care services, and continuation of the target free approach in administering family planning services”.

It is thus profoundly disturbing that several State governments have announced ...

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