Unscrupulous private doctors in India are performing unnecessary hysterectomies on women as young as 26 years old. Women who undergo these expensive procedures frequently experience serious medical and financial consequences. A woman in the sugar-growing region of Beed, named Prabarvati, was forced to have a hysterectomy at just 26 years of age. Years later, she still suffers debilitating pain and appears decades older than she is. Her daughter has even had to drop out of school to work on a sugar cane plantation to support their family.
Many women have also been coerced into hysterectomies by their employers, who believe that menstruating women are less productive. However, Manisha Tokle is fighting back against these unwarranted hysterectomies. By educating women about their bodies, she hopes to prevent them from being tricked into having completely unnecessary surgery. Join us for the documentary “Third Person” as we explore this issue and shed light on the dangerous practices taking place in India’s healthcare system.