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Life as we throw it

What good is suspension of medical doctor(s) for alleged negligence when the state government of Chhattisgarh is itself in a visible hurry to cover up the aftermath of the botched sterilisation drive which left 11 women dead, seven battling for life and 40 others in shock and trauma triggered by the loss of blood? The coercive surgeries are perhaps the most brutal manner to control population and sadly India in spite of announcing a paradigm shift in 2012 that preferred civilised reproductive health choices still tries to go back and forth on massive sterilisation drives.

If the emergency era was replete with instances of how Sanjay Gandhi and his coteries made people undergo forced vasectomy and tubectomy, Chhattisgarh could very well be touted as the now dead Congress leader’s present day counterpart. Luring people with money in a state which is one of the poorest is perhaps an answer in itself to how badly administered the state is? Performing as many as 83 tubectomy operations in a time span of just three and a half hours is not only unheard of but is hard to believe too. What is even more abysmal is the fact that there was just one doctor and one attendant who began the surgeries on the dreadful Saturday.

Even if an FIR has been lodged against the doctor and even if he is arrested and put behind bars will it bring back the women who have lost their lives? Is the worth of a life in India that cheap?  And how is the Chhattisgarh government planning to answer that a sterilisation camp was being organised just 10 kilometres away from Bilaspur, which is the state’s second largest city and also interestingly the constituency of the health minister Amar Agarawal? Will the state government try to protect his inefficiency or will it in reality take some serious measures to help resurrect its fallible health service standards? Only time can tell what will happen next in the theatre of medical negligence called Chhattisgarh. 
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