8 Indian Women Dead, 20 Sickened After Undergoing Sterilization Surgery

November 11, 2014 9:41 AM

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Eight women have died and 20 others were in critical condition Tuesday after undergoing sterilization surgery as part of a free government-run program to help slow India's population growth.

A total of 83 women, most of them poor villagers, had the operation Saturday in a hospital outside Bilaspur city in the central state of Chhattisgarh, according to the district magistrate, Siddharth Komal Pardeshi.

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