Mass Sterilization in the News

After the news earlier in the week about Uzbekistan’s secret sterilization program, the Guardian pulls the veil back a bit on India’s program to sterilize the poor, a program partially funded by Britain’s DfID.

“With officials and doctors paid a bonus for every operation, poor and little-educated men and women in rural areas are routinely rounded up and sterilised without having a chance to object,” the Guardian article states.

Compare this to the secret Uzbek initiative:  “Every year we are presented with a plan. Every doctor is told how many women we are expected to give contraception to; how many women are to be sterilised,” says a gynaecologist from the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

I’m told that the Uzbek program isn’t terribly different from Soviet policies in Central Asia.