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SC notice to states on sterilisation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, states and the union territories on a petition stating that sterilisation camps were being organised in unhygienic conditio

Published: 03rd April 2012 01:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:18 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, states and the union territories on a petition stating that sterilisation camps were being organised in unhygienic conditions in the country with scant respect to human life.

A Bench comprising Justice R M Lodha and Justice H L Gokhale issued directions in this regard and sought replies from the Centre and states and all the UTs within eight weeks. Senior counsel Colin Gonsalves, who appeared for petitioner Devika Biswas, noted that in places like Bihar, sterilisation camps were being conducted under torchlight and the general anaesthesia was being administered by untrained NGO workers.

There was evidence to prove that as many as 60 operations were being performed in an hour by an NGO, which had a tie-up with the Bihar government, he further noted.  

He said that similar camps were being conducted in different parts of the country by various NGOs exposing innocent people to high risk.



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