I am still in shock; 13 young women, who were persuaded to undergo a “simple” STERILIZATION (tubectomy) lasting a few minutes died because the doctor (butcher) used a RUSTED UNSTERILIZED equipment. Another 70 are in hospital, 20 critical. The women came forward to undergo the surgery after health counselors assured them the minor process would be over in minutes and they could be back home to take care of their families by sunset with an incentive of $23.
The process was over in less than three minutes; the doctor conducted 83 surgeries (according to news reports) in less than five hours in a dilapidated building using the same rusted surgical equipment on the poor women one after the other, mechanically, nipped them!
It happened in my country two days ago in a mass sterilization camp. I am not shocked that women are treated as second class citizens in the country, quite used to it. But how can you use dirty, rusted! surgical equipment on ANYTHING ALIVE?
The women were in terrible pain while they waited for their death, some lasted a day, some two, others are still going through.
It is not new either, the pathetic state of government hospitals in India. Overcrowding, filthy hospitals with dirty operating rooms and toilets overflowing into patient wards are common; I was appalled by these some 15 years ago while covering the health beat for a national daily.
But this is brutal. My last blog was addressed to PM Modi, where I had requested him to take population control seriously, appoint a Minister specifically for it, (who could also put migration-regulations in place). But butchering women is not how you do it Mister. And why contraception programs should be women-centric. Nip them, men. Makes more sense. And, besides, one man off action secures multiple women against unwanted motherhood – let’s face it.
Br (butcher) R.K. Gupta, needs to be tried in a fast track court and get the severest of punishments, and quick, as quick as the tubectomy he specialises in, with the same blunt weapons. Only then the orphans left behind will get some kind of closure.
- Victims died reportedly due to dirty surgical equipment or contaminated medicines.
- Gupta’s mass sterilization took less than three hours with the help of two assistants working in a dirty, abandoned private hospital.
- Sterilization is the most popular form of birth control in India; about 4 million people a year undergo surgery. Almost all are women.
- Guidelines were set following reports that some doctors were carrying out as many as 200 surgeries a day. At least 600 similar deaths occurred between 2009 and 2012.