The Delhi Medical Association and Delhi Medical Council has committed to ensure safe and non-judgmental sexual health services to unmarried women in New Delhi, according to Haiyya, a New Delhi-based human rights organisation.
The declaration was the result of ‘Health Over Stigma’ campaign spearheaded by young unmarried women who have strived to hold service providers accountable for providing stigma-free sexual and reproductive health services.
Dr Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association and Dr Arun Gupta, President, Delhi Medical Council has expressed solidarity with the campaign.
“This is a very important issue that is not talked about so much, and I assure you the DMA is with the campaign,” said Dr Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association, in a statement issued by Haiyya.
The DMC has invited the doctor fraternity to join them in making spaces safer and accessible to unmarried women.
“Now the campaign is focussed on getting other bodies onboard by shifting the onus from unmarried women to medical service providers, including private hospital chains like Medanta, Fortis, FOGSI, and public health bodies like the state health ministry, Delhi Medical Association, to stand in solidarity with the campaign by accepting the code of conduct,” said Sreejani, campaign lead, Haiyya.
The campaign began in 2017 as an initiative to end the shame and stigma around young unmarried women’s sexual health and choices, and to bridge the gap that persists between unmarried women and sexual health providers.