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Protests hit central India as sterilisation death toll rises

The women were each paid 1,400 rupees ($23) to undergo laparoscopic sterilisation as part of a government scheme to reduce population growthFurious protesters took to the streets in central India on Wednesday, smashing cars and demanding the resignation of the chief minister as the death toll from a government-run mass sterilisation programme rose to 13. Another 14 women are seriously ill in Chhattisgarh state following the surgery that women are paid 1,400 rupees ($23) to have under a government scheme to reduce population growth. “Preliminary examinations suggest septic shock may have caused the deaths,” said local government official Amar Thakur. We are waiting for the report,” he told AFP by telephone from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district, where around 80 women had the surgery over the weekend.

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