Is Hysterectomy The Final Solution?
'The state government is backing a move by which mentally challenged women will be made to undergo uterus removal surgery. While the Maharashtra government defends its stance by saying it will help these women, activists term the move inhuman. DNA goes to the root of this debate… A ripple of giggles sets off as a bunch of 12 adolescent girls poring over their needlework at the SPJ Sadhana School, Peddar Road, are asked to talk about a "very private matter" by their vice-principal, Radhike Khanna. The girls, all over 16 years, are mentally challenged and have an intelligence quotient (IQ) of below 50. The class will soon head for a ten-day excursion to Punjab. Khanna asks the girls whether, on the trip,
Filling The Water
'When I had conceived, my husband and his mother would always say, "Don't worry, god has blessed you with this child, he will bless you with ways to raise him. Don't be tense, all will be well..." I had to face a few problems during pregnancy. I had got high blood pressure which had resulted in bleeding. My husband used to support me a lot. And after I was seven months pregnant, I went to my mother's house to stay. Then mom would take care of me. During my pregnancy I had stopped wearing the caliper. It wouldn't have fit me anyways. Hence I faced a lot of problem in walking and all. My legs and back would pain.