“Yes, I use contraception, I take a red pill during the menstruation and after the finish is second color, there is no side effects.”
These are not words of any woman in Delhi but women of Bihar’s speech.
Often, other women from the village threw their mouths when they heard these words of Nirma Devi living in Barachatti village of Gaya district.
In the early days, Nirma Devi had no friends in the village. But Nirma Devi did not care about it. With husbands, mother-in-law and villagers, they continued to talk openly on these issues.
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Bihar is the most backward state
This is surprising for a state like Bihar. According to the figures of India’s National Health Mission, the rate of giving birth to children in Bihar is 3.4.
That is, every woman in Bihar gives birth to more than three children on an average, which is the highest in the country. The national rate for giving birth to children in India is 2.2, which means that every woman in India gives birth to two children.
These figures are directly related to the use of contraception and in this case Bihar is the most backward state in the country.
In this state, the talk on contraception occurs only in closed rooms, in the dark of night, between two people. Nirma Devi got inspiration from TV serial in the morning light, inspiring to do this among the women in the meeting.
Nirma Devi with family
‘I can do anything’
The thing is 2014. Two days a week on television, ‘I can do anything’ came the TV serial.
The story of ‘I can do anything’ was done by a woman doctor from Mumbai, who went to her village (the fictional village of North India) and made them aware of issues related to health of women living in far-flung areas.
Nirma started looking into this woman’s doctor in the serial.
Nirma says, “After creating three consecutive births in one episode of this serial, a woman suffers during the fourth pregnancy. Then I decided that I too did not do the same with other women in real life like Dr. Sneha. I will. ”
The correct difference between age between children
As a result, now that Nirma Devi Sneha Club runs together with 20 other women of the village.
This club spreads awareness among people on different methods of contraception. The serial ‘I can do anything’ was broadcast for Doordarshan for two years.
This serial was prepared by the NGO, ‘Population Foundation of India’.
On issues such as participation in every decision of women in the family, differences in children, their consent on methods of contraception, not only was this talk given in the serial but also solutions were suggested.
At the initiative of Nirma Devi, about 200 women in Barachatti and surrounding villages of Gaya district have been able to make the right difference between their children.
Nirma Devi in Sneha Club
In 2007, Nirma Devi was married to Barachatti village. Then she was just 18 years old A year after the marriage, he gave birth to the son.
From the second year, Nirma’s mother-in-law started pressuring her to produce a second child. Then Nirma Devi met Poonam.
Poonam used to work in Barachatti village as Asha Varkar Gaya.
Nirma Devi, from Poonam, first heard the names of the birth control pill called Mala-D to differentiate between children.
Asha Worker is a recognized social health women worker who works in the village to tell the safe delivery of women and the methods and measures of safe birth of the child and spread awareness.
Husband came to shame
According to Nirma Devi, for the first time, when the husband asked to buy Mala D, the husband said, “Do you want to differentiate between a child, then do not I have any problem with him, but I will not go shopping for Mala D. I am ashamed . ”
Nirma Devi did not get help in buying a contraceptive pill for some years from the beginning, but on repeated occasions, the husband took the government health center and made her card, after which the hassle of buying a contraceptive pill was exhausted.
According to the figures released by the WHO in 2016, there are five women killed every hour during the birth of a child in India.
lack of awareness
These figures are directly related to the use of contraception. But there is a lack of awareness in India on the measures of temporary pregnancy easy to use.
It is clear from the figures that women do not have a child in India and most of the measures are done for women. Indian male participation in this is very little.
Nirma Devi is trying to change this on her own level.
Today, both of his sons and daughter talk openly about these approaches so that when they are his family, both of them can understand their responsibilities, but they can play them completely.
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