The Challenges Of Serving The Maternal Health Needs Of Adivasi Women

Near the end of the epic poem Ramayana, a pregnant Sita is banished to the forest by Rama. She seeks refuge in the sage Valmiki’s ashram, and shortly thereafter, gives birth to twin boys. For at least one young feminist (me!), this familiar story aroused both anger about the gendered unfairness of Sita’s abandonment and concern about her labour and delivery deep in the forest.

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