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The claim is made here:

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men [...]

Yet a working paper published by the UK's Department for International Development in 2010 cited the need to fight climate change as one of the key reasons for pressing ahead with such programmes.

Googling has only turned up the Guardian article and no further original sources (all other sources just block-quote the Guardian article)

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The current title implies a degree of intent at the level of the national government. While that is possible I don't think it's clear this early in the scandal, and is hard to demonstrate in any case. Perhaps something like "Has British foreign aid for combating climate change been used to fund involuntary sterilizations in India?" would be better. – dmckee May 1 '12 at 16:38
I think the question is clear. In common parlance, any time a government provides funds for something, it is termed that the country is "paying for...". Whether or not that is their intent is not relevant. There's a clear claim in the article that the government is providing funds for sterilization under the auspices of fighting climate change. That is the claim I am skeptical of. – Russell Steen May 1 '12 at 16:42
@RussellSteen Your questions asks whether the UK govt intentionally gave India money for forcible sterilization. The article you cite doesn't claim that. Please either edit your question, or find a notable source that does make the claim. – DJClayworth May 1 '12 at 17:55
@RussellSteen If you give your friend money, and they use it to buy drugs (without your knowledge) are you "paying for their drugs"? Common parlance would say no. – DJClayworth May 1 '12 at 18:45
The phrase "such programmes" is clearly meant to mean programmes that include birth control and population control. There is nothing in the article to indicate that "such programmes" means forced sterlization. The Guradian is alleging that money intended for general birth control programmes (possibly including voluntary sterlization) is being misused, and that participants are being coerced or misled into accepting sterilization. – DJClayworth May 2 '12 at 15:59

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