A woman in her 60s filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking ¥11 million ($101,000) in damages from the central government over her forced sterilization when she was a teenager — based on her intellectual disability — under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law.

The woman in Miyagi Prefecture, who has not disclosed her name, filed the first such suit over forced sterilizations in Japan at the Sendai District Court, saying the state failed to legislate for relief measures despite the serious human rights infringement.

She also claimed that the 1948 law denied human equality and the right to pursue happiness and was therefore unconstitutional.