How India is bleeding itself dry

A public interest litigation case in the Supreme Court lays bare the reality of blood transfusions in India

She sits with knees propped against chest, voice hoarse, nose full, eyes kohl-lined and heavy-lidded, her fevered, shawl-draped body struggling against the early February chill. A Delhi-based advocate with the Human Rights Law Network, Sneha Mukherjee has fought 12 major cases on women’s reproductive rights, her most high-profile arguments being in favour of late-term abortions. Two months ago, she represented Ayesha Renna and Ladida Farzana, the most recognizable student protestors in the ongoing movement against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. But today, Mukherjee is fighting her rising temperature to talk about blood.

On 3 February, the Supreme Court issued notices …


Roshni P. Nair

Roshni is a features writer and former editor of The Morning Context's Chaos team. Her career spans The Ken, Reuters, the Hindustan Times and DNA. She is a recipient of the UNFPA Laadli award and was shortlisted for the RedInk Awards 2016 for her story on Mumbai’s leprosy colonies. Her far-flung ideas would sometimes drive our editor-in-chief Ashish up the wall, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way (even if he didn’t admit it).