Another 69 are hospitalized in the central state of Chhattisgarh. Four women were still in critical condition. Raman Singh, the state’s chief minister, appreciated this is „a case of negligence,” communicating that a criminal investigation is ongoing. India’s population is evaluated at 1.2 billion people. Sterilizations as contraception method are voluntary assumed by one of the partners in a couple. It is considered „a very safe method of contraception and population control,” according to Alok Banerjee of Advocating Reproductive Choices, a coalition of health groups. India started a family planning program in 1952, being the first country in the world to do this. Indian government offers 600 rupees ($10) in compensation to women for participating in the procedure.