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UN organisations call for accountability for Chhattisgarh deaths

IANS 14 Nov 2014, 9:27:21 AM IST

United Nations: The UN 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 organizations, which describe themselves as "are strong advocates of rights-based family planning," welcomed the investigations 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."