Indian Sterilization Camp Photos – by Nick Rain

RTB: Sterilization camps and programs are an often-hidden but widely funded and enacted part of the long 20th Century’s attention to reducing populations in poor, non-European countries, and then, among the poor and indigent, or any others considered ‘undesirable’ or lower-class in Europe and America.

Text and photos by Nick Rain, photographer.
Copyright Nick Rain, used with permission.


India. In a remote part of India on the border with Nepal a local clinic managed to convince the local tribal women to come on mass to undergo sterilization to combat poverty. The women however were not aware how the crude operation would be carried out.

In a remote part of India on the border with Nepal a local clinic managed to convince the local tribal women to come en mass to undergo sterilization to combat poverty. The women however were not aware how the crude operation would be carried out. The operation took place inside the dirty clinic with hundreds of women waiting like cattle to be operated on.


One by one the women were put on the operating table, the instrument used looked like a twelve inch metal tube with a sharp edge at one end. It was then forced into the womans stomach and the physician looked through the instrument and made what looked like a twist and a snip, a quick stich and a plaster and the women were dragged outside to recover on the grass


The instrument was then pulled out and a nurse quickly stitched up the wound, placed a plaster and the woman was carried out and left on the grass outside the clinic to recover.


After the operation this young woman is helped outside.

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6 thoughts on “Indian Sterilization Camp Photos – by Nick Rain

  1. The Aids diagnosis, focusing the poly-reactive tests on persons of color, gay men, and the poor and homeless in America and the world, continues this attention to control of population.

  2. My god, why is it always the women who has to take the responsibility for what…being a woman? It is a much simpler procedure for the men.

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