This study investigates the prominent issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in India. Through a combination of textual content analysis and in-depth interviews, it aims to understand how social and cultural norms create and perpetuate SRHR issues. The study includes in-depth interviewees with employees of local, national, and international SRHR organizations based in New Delhi, India. To provide a nuanced account of the SRHR discourse in India, interview analysis is supplemented by content analysis of organizations’ websites and the National Health Policy 2015 Draft. Results indicate that education, location, and economic status are the most significant factors influencing fertility and access to health services, and that government policy needs to be better implemented to address these factors. Additionally, results reveal that government health policy heavily targets maternal mortality, in line with the cultural emphasis on motherhood, which leads to neglect of other important SRHR services.


Dhar, Debotri


Sociology and Anthropology


Anthropology | Asian Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, India, Senior Independent Study

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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