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Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in India: Past and Present

Dr. Subrato Kumar Mondal, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Team, CINI-Child In Need Institute, CINI-Child In Need Institute, 357A Ashok Nagar, Road No-5, Ranchi, India, 91-651-2245370, subratom@gmail.com

ICPD (1994) documents notes that in all parts of the world, women are facing threats to their lives, health and well being as a result of being overburden with work and their lack of power and influence. Depending upon the availability of resources, state should facilitate access to essential health facilities. But not only state, all member of society-individuals, including health professionals, families, local bodies, govt. as well as private organisation have responsibilities to honour 'right to health'. When state parties' obligations are not meet, the violation of the right to health arises. Multi-level nature of obligations may be stated- obligations of kin or family, communities' obligations, state parties' obligations and international obligations. This is an attempt to explore the current scenario of Women's Rights and also to compare the same over six years using NFHS-1 & 2 in respect to family planning and reproductive rights. This paper tries to assess the comparative picture in terms of availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of women's health. Respect of Human Rights starts from the kin and the family. In reality men are the sole decision-makers not only in family matters, but also regarding sexual behaviour, as well as the use or non-use of contraceptive methods. It is very much shameful that many of our women do not get a very essential Antenatal check-up during pregnancy. Given the extent of deprivation of health services, one should go little details in search of root causes of such deprivation.

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Keywords: Reproductive Health, Gender

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Maternal Health

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA