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In India, women sugarcane cutters made to have uterus removed

19.06.19 / In Beed, central India, women sugarcane cutters have been urged by their employers to get hysterectomies. They were told that the ablation of the uterus would allow them to stop menstruating, making their lives easier and allowing them to work uninterrupted, among other reasons.

According to government reports reviewed by activists, 4500 hysterectomies were conducted in Beed in the last three years. Since the beginning of 2019, the rate of uterus removal in Beed is 21 percent, compared 3.2 percent in the rest of the country.

Women spend from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 (from $285 to $570) for the surgery and incur debts, as most of them earn Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 (from $430 to $500) in a season.

Many of them regretted having their uterus removed but felt they had little choice.

Read full story at Firstpost.

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