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Family planning still women’s job

india Updated: Jun 17, 2011 02:17 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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Although the trend of proper family planning has been in existence for ages, only females have been going for sterilisation in large numbers.

According to the health department, the situation in an 'educated' city as Gurgaon is bad. The department's data show that only 10% males opted for sterilisation in the last three years. Most males are hesitant to get sterilised.

In order to motivate males to do it, the state government has announced Rs1,100 for each male who undergoes sterilisation. However, a large number of females who undergo sterilisation get only Rs250.

The person who motivates males to opt for sterilisation gets R150 while a motivator for a female candidate gets R100.

From the data, it is clear that males don't undergo sterilisation despite more rewards for them.

“We don’t have an option. If we conceive, we will only have to bear the brunt of abortion. I already have two kids and I have undergone one abortion. It was traumatic,” said Smriti (name changed), a patient in Civil Hospital. “I had to undergo sterilisation as my husband was not ready,” she added.

“Whether we are educated, the bitter fact is that it is a male-dominated society,” said chief medical officer Parveen K Garg.

“Men feel that if their wives can undergo sterilisation, they have nothing to worry. They also think if they undergo the surgery, the may be weaker. But this is a myth. More awareness is needed,” added Garg.