India is witnessing a rise in the number of women requesting abortion services as the country prepares for a major abortion rally on Sunday.
As of Friday, 1.5 million women had contacted abortion clinics in the country, which is expected to surpass 1.1 million by the end of this month, according to an official statement.
The rally, organised by a women’s rights organisation, aims to draw women together in support of the demand for the right to have an abortion and to show the world the need for legal abortion services.
The women, who have also been calling for the legalisation of abortion services for the last 20 years, will take part in the rally in front of the National Gallery of India (NGI) in New Delhi, a day after the inauguration of a new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to usher in a new era of women’s empowerment.
On Friday, the women of India will converge on the city to celebrate the birth of a baby boy who was conceived after an illegal abortion in a village in Rajasthan.
The young boy, whose name is Dilip Kumar, was born at the end and the father was in the process of getting an abortion, the statement said.
“Women’s rights activists will protest outside the National Museum of India in New New Delhi and also hold a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s residence,” the statement added.