Articles by Akhila Vasan

Akhila Vasan is an activist with the Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali, a people’s movement for health rights, dignity and well-being of all citizens, with a focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

It was in the year 2015 that reports of unwarranted hysterectomies in Kalburgi district of Karnataka began to appear in several media. A number of private hospitals in Kalburgi wilfully provided unscientific misinformation and instilled fear of cancer and pushed thousands of poor Dalit women to undergo medically unwarranted hysterectomies. Two subsequent detailed enquiries, one by the department of health and family welfare and another by the Karnataka State Women’s Commission, squarely indicted the deliberate misconduct by private hospitals. The National Human Rights Commission took suo moto cognizance of the issue and issued a notice to the state government. After…

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