Approximately 800 women die every day due to pregnancy-related complications and of these 20 per cent are from India, Dr. Dibyendu Banerjee, president of the Bengal Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (BOGS) said on World Population Day 2019.

Speaking at a seminar “Her Health Our Wealth” on the reproductive and sexual health of women in India, Dr Banerjee said, “It is calculated that 30 per cent of the population are born because of unwanted and accidental pregnancies. This World Population Day is observed to protect and empower youths and offer detailed knowledge about sexuality to avoid unwanted pregnancy by using reasonable and youth friendly measures. Young couples should be conscious about effective laws and policies regarding the protection of girl child rights.”

Dr. Bula Bhadra, former head of the sociology department at Calcutta University, stressed on ensuring reproductive justice for women.

She said: “Basic stereotypes still persist consciously in the society where marriage and motherhood remain the most significant destination of women in India. Along with marriage comes the baggage of becoming a biological mother. More and more people should be educated enough to accept adoption and break general taboo that is deeply penetrated among the citizens. Fear of societal disapproval should be overcome.”

“In relation to population stabilization and birth control, our society holds an important position. This event is about creating awareness among both the genders about birth control in order to curb the population explosion in the state. Thankfully, we are not a hugely populated state, yet the density is very high. There are more than 1000 people per square kilometre, where the national average is around 600. The general fertility rate is not too high at this point. Awareness, education and empowerment are the basic need of all women at this point of time. A woman should be able to take a decision for herself regarding birth control and family planning,” said Dr. Tulika Jha, an associate professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in R G Kar Medical College.