Sunita (left) and her twin sister who have both been rushed into having hysterectomy operations
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The Indian women pushed into hysterectomies

Sunita is one of several woman, living in a small village in Rajasthan in north-west India, who told the BBC she was rushed into having a hysterectomy before she had time to discuss it with her family.

Reports from a handful of Indian states, including Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, suggest that an extraordinarily high number of women are having their uteruses removed, including many below the age of 40.

The women often say the doctors frightened them into surgery by saying the uterus was cancerous.

But in many cases, the diagnosis was made on the basis of a single ultrasound scan - which, according to independent doctors, cannot justify a decision to operate.

  • 06 Feb 2013
  • From the section India