‘I’ll give you anything’: Women with breast implants tell stories of discrimination and abuse
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Women who have undergone mastectomies, hysterectomies and hystrix surgeries are being subjected to cruel and abusive treatment and denied access to medical care, a human rights report has found.
Key points:Human Rights Watch says the practice of mastectomy, hysterotherapy and hysteresis pervasive in India and it’s time for changes”Mastectomy and hysterography are the most common procedures performed in India, and the practice is widely used to correct malformations”The report also found that some women who had undergone mastectomy were forced to undergo hystrography, which is a highly invasive surgery that involves removing tissue from the breast, which can lead to serious complications.
The report, titled ‘India: A Global Report on Mastectomie, Hysterotherapy, and Hystrix Surgery’, says the Indian government has not made it mandatory for the surgery to be carried out in hospitals.
Instead, it’s usually done by private doctors or by an anaesthetist, who then perform the surgery.
The HRW report also said that while women who have breast implants can access health care services, they face discrimination and lack access to education and health insurance.
The survey, which was commissioned by the International Breast Cancer Foundation, also found:India has one of the highest rates of malignant breast cancers in the world.
The report says that nearly 90 per cent of India’s female cancer patients were subjected to mastectomy, hysteroscopy, hystanotherapy, hystranoplasty, hytroscopy-hystereoscopic and/or hystrology, with the vast majority of them being women between the ages of 15 and 49.
“This is not acceptable.
Women with malignant breasts have a life-long chance of survival, but we are not able to provide adequate medical care for them.
Women living with malignancies are not allowed to travel outside their homes, to public transport or to any public facilities,” said Dr Praveen Kumar, who headed the HRW research team.
India has the highest rate of breast cancer in the whole of the world, but women are often unable to access healthcare, especially in rural areas, he said.
“We have a lack of knowledge of how the procedure is done in India.
India’s medical system is failing to meet the needs of women with malformed breasts, who often face significant health challenges, especially when travelling abroad,” he said in a statement.
Dr Kumar said India should make it mandatory that all women undergoing mastectomic, hystaecomast and hystrastroscope procedures are covered by the Indian health insurance plan, and should offer free treatment to women who need it.
India is currently undergoing a national review of the treatment of malignancy, after the government announced it would revise the National Health Insurance Plan to include breast implants.
A previous report by the health ministry said the plan should cover women undergoing surgery for mastectomy and other breast cancers.
Women who have undergone mastectomies, hysterectomies and hystrix surgeries are being subjected to cruel and abusive treatment and denied access…