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Authors: 
Perwez, Shahid
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing 26
Abstract: 
The family-planning programme of Tamil Nadu, largely a female sterilisation campaign, has been applauded as one of the successful public health interventions in India, which had arguably led to the drastic fertility decline in the state. To the state's dismay, however, the fertility decline in Tamil Nadu was also attended by the increasing reports of female infanticide and sex-selective abortion. In its subsequent response, the state in Tamil Nadu introduced specific policy and interventionary measures to curb the practice. In this paper, I critically examine these responses in their local ethnographic contexts to highlight the manner in which family-planning goals get intertwined with the political intervention on the issue of sex-selection. This leads to women's diminishing access to unmet needs for family planning and reproductive health services thereby contributing to further marginalisation of Tamil women.
Subjects: 
Sex-selection
female infanticide
son preference
family-planning
policy and schemes
women and girl children
Tamil Nadu
India
South Asia
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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