ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Civil Rights Groups and Communalism

Saheli, Chingari, three women's organisations in Hyderabad, Delhi and Ahmedabad respectively, concerned doctors (Shyama Narang, Kamala Jayarao, Pevayani Dangoria, A K Vasudevan, Ramana Dhara) and journalist (Vimal Balasubrahmanyan), The Court today (May 1, 1986) issued notice to the respondents to show cause as to why the petition should not be admitted and stay order granted on further trials of the contraceptive. In addilion to the Health Ministry, the ICMR, and the State of Andhra Pradesh, the Drug Controller of India was also impleaded as a respondent. The notice is returnable on July 15, 1986 The contraceptive in question is Norethi- sterone-Oenanthate (Net-Oen), an injectable form of the female hormone, progesterone, similar to the controversial drug Depo- Provera. Produced by Schering, a West German firm it was first marketed in Peru in 1967. In 1971, it was withdrawn as rats tested with this drug developed pituitary and breast nodules. Thereafter, it was put back on the market and is now being propagated as the ideal contraceptive for third world women.

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