Showing complete disregard to family planning, a 32-year-old woman gave birth to her 16th child on Friday at a government hospital in Nagaur, about 210 kilometres from Jaipur.
The condition of mother and child is stated to be in danger. "The mother and the child have been kept under observation," said RK Meena, chief medical and health officer (CM&HO), Nagaur.
Sheelu who works as sweeper along with her husband Ratna Ram at Bugarda village in Jayal sub-division of the district gave birth to a boy, her 16th child. In her 17 years of married life, Sheelu has given birth to 16 children - nine girls and seven boys out of whom 12 (eight girls and four boys) are alive.
Her mother-in-law Geeta was happy at the birth of her sixteenth grandchild. When asked how the family will manage during the time of high inflation, "God will take care of that," the mother-in-law replied. "More hands will bring more income," she further said.
However, Ram left the place when the same question was shot at him. None of his children goes to school. His eldest daughter, however, went to school for some time but she was pulled out after class 3, said Satish Kumawat, a villager.
"We try to convince people who have more than two children to adopt family planning measures; I don't know what this couple (Ram and Sheelu) did during the family planning campaigns," said the CM&HO.
Moreover, some people are hesitant in asking questions on contraceptives, which leads to such situation, he added.