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India changing its decades-old reliance on female sterilisation

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 05:50

Women filling out a consent form for sterilisation surgery at a government hospital in Mahendragarh; the atmosphere around injectable contraceptives began to shift after Mr Modi's party took over in May 2014.

Mahendragarh, India

THIS is what family planning in India often looks like: Women in their 20s, mostly farmers' wives, gather at dawn on the stairs of a district hospital. Hours later, a surgeon arrives. His time is short. He asks the women to sit in a row on the floor of the operating

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