UN panel calls for accountability for Chhattisgarh deaths

November 14, 2014 09:03 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:33 pm IST - United Nations

The United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have come out against “any forms of incentives” for adopting contraceptives and sought accountability for Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths.

Reacting to the deaths of 13 women who underwent sterilisation operation in Chattisgarh, Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the Fund know by its acronym, UNFPA, and Tewodros Melesse, the director-general of the IPPF, said in a statement released here Thursday: “It is critical to ensure the quality of service for all contraceptive methods, as well as the availability of a full range of modern contraceptives, which must always be chosen freely by fully-informed men and women, without any forms of incentives.”

The heads of the organisations, which describe themselves as “are strong advocates of rights-based family planning,” welcomed the investigations into the deaths, adding, “We call for all those responsible to be held accountable to avoid impunity for those who provide services at low standards.”

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