Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, theObserver has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony. A number of pregnant women selected for sterilisation suffered miscarriages and lost their babies.
The UK agreed to give India £166m to fund the programme, despite allegations that the money would be used to sterilise the poor in an attempt to curb the country's burgeoning population of 1.2 billion people.
Sterilisation has been mired in controversy for years. With officials and doctors paid a bonus for every operation, poor and little-educated men and women in rural areas are routinely rounded up and sterilised without having a chance to object. Activists say some are told they are going to health camps for operations that will improve their general wellbeing and only discover the truth after going under the knife.
Court documents filed in India earlier this month claim that many victims have been left in pain, with little or no aftercare. Across the country, there have been numerous reports of deaths and of pregnant women suffering miscarriages after being selected for sterilisation without being warned that they would lose their unborn babies.The argument in the British government for funding such programs was "reducing population numbers would cut greenhouse gases...." As Small Dead Animals points out, :All programs of the left follow the same trajectory." The Nazi ideology had significant proto-Green thinking, with a worship of nature, organic farming, and conservation. It is no surprise that the same crowd that would fund sterilization of subhumans in one century would fund it sterilization of the poor and tribal in another century.
UPDATE: Some of the comments on the article--by people working in family planning in India--claim to have heard nothing of this. An interesting problem is that there is a recent history of forced sterilization under one of Indira Gandhi's sons, so there is nothing terribly implausible about this. But it also means that if you wanted to construct a plausible attack on the British government's foreign aid program, if you exaggerated or invented such forced sterilization, it would lend great plausibility to the claim.