Taboo: Sterilization remains confined to women in Haryana

  • Snehil Sinha, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2015 11:02 IST

Information obtained in an RTI shows that the number of female sterilisation is over 20 times more than that of men in many districts of the state.

Last year, 80 women were sterilized against 15 men in Gurgaon while in Panchkula, 241 women were sterilized against just three men.

“There are cultural reasons and misconceptions about reduction in physical performance after vasectomy. This is why men are usually reluctant to undergo sterilization process. There is need for increased awareness and motivation among men,” said Dr Sarayu Sharma, deputy civil surgeon (family planning), Gurgaon.

According to doctors, there are long standing beliefs, mostly to do with India’s strong patriarchal society that deters men from any birth control. This is despite the government compensation amount for vasectomy being higher than that for tubectomy for women. Many say that there is need for strong campaigns to encourage contraception among men.

“I filed the RTI after botched-up tubectomy in Madhya Pradesh that led to many women dying. It is surprising that despite such large gap between men and women who undergo birth control surgeries, not much is done by the government to increase male participation,” said Aseem Takyar, who filed the RTI application.

The situation is worse in some other districts. In Ambala, 6,990 women have been sterilized against just 264 men in the past three years. In Rohtak, 9,357 women were sterilized in the past three years against 264 men. In Palwal, the number of women sterilized was 3,266, which is about 52 times the number of men (62) who went through vasectomy.

In October last year, Haryana was included in the three highfocus states that require a dedicated programme to control population by the ministry of health and family welfare.

The health department has proposed increasing incentives for the sterilization scheme offered at gover nment and some accredited private facilities. The ‘enhanced compensation scheme-2014’ has almost doubled the incentives provided earlier.

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