Indian officials are investigating a shocking case where 10 women have died and dozens of others hospitalized after participating in a state-run mass sterilization. The over 80 women underwent sterilizations by a single doctor in a single day in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The most remarkable statement came below from the chief medial officer who promised an investigation.
Indian officials offer a variety of incentive for sterilization from cars to sports tickets to electrical goods for couples volunteering for sterilization. Last year, such an event caused a national outcry when dozens of women were dumped unconscious in a field following a mass sterilization.
The dozens of sterilizations in his case were carried out by one doctor and his assistant in just five hours. However, the chief medical officer of Bilaspur R.K. Bhange made this curiously conflicted statement: “There was no negligence. He is a senior doctor. We will probe (the incident).” Shouldn’t the finding of no negligence follow the probe? Moreover, with four dead women and dozens hospitalized, it would seem a case where there might be room for a slight suspension of negligence.