The Wider Image: How India's birth control battle falters in rural district
Sabina Begum, 22, sits before giving birth to her child, at the labour ward of a community health centre in Bahadurganj subdivision of Kishanganj district, Bihar, India, March 21, 2023. India's fertility rate, fell to 2.0 in 2019-21, but State health officials estimate Kishanganj's fertility rate at 4.8 or 4.9, creating a population growth problem that the state is trying to curb with the distribution of condoms and birth control pills, as well as the paying 3,000 Indian rupees ($36.50) to women who get sterilised, 4,000 rupees to men, and 500 rupees per surgery to the health workers who perform them. "I talk to women while they are experiencing labour pain and nudge them to undergo sterilisation immediately after delivery," said Parvati Rajak, a medical officer in one of Kishanganj?s seven government health centres. "But the final choice is always made by the family". REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "FADNAVIS POPULATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.