Showing posts with label Forced sex change. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Forced sex change. Show all posts

June 29, 2011

Young Indian Girls Being Forced to Have Sex Change by Parents

An Indian state government is investigating claims that young girls are being forced into sex change operations by parents who want sons to improve the family's financial prospects.
It is being alleged by newspaper investigations that girls as young as ages one to five are being sent from all over India to the city of Indore, in eastern Madhya Pradesh, where unscrupulous doctors are performing hundreds of sex-change operations.
Indian culture favors males for their income earning potential plus they won’t cost their families what are often considered wasted educational expenses and wedding dowries associated with girls.
The president of the Indian Academy of Pediatricians has described the revelations as shocking. He says the male hormones administered as part of the sex changes will mean that the children's sexual organs will not grow, leaving them both impotent and infertile in later life. Other child health experts are expressing grave fears for the children's psychological well-being as they become adults.
India's Centre for Social Research describes the practice as a sign of the country's "growing social madness."
Posted in: International News
By Daily

June 28, 2011

Girls Some As One Yr Old in India Are Being Turned Into Boys

Girls as young as one are being forced into sex change operations in India by parents desperate for a son.
Surgeons in the city of Indore are reported to be 'converting' hundreds of girls a year, who are subsequently pumped full of hormone drugs.
A report in the respected Hindustan Times newspaper said the 'shocking, unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at conservative Indore's well-known clinics and hospitals on children who are one to five years old. 
Operations: Doctors in the city of Indore, in India, are said to have carried out hundreds of procedures to turn girls into boys
Operations: Doctors in the city of Indore, in India, are said to have carried out hundreds of procedures to turn girls into boys
'The process being used to 'produce' a male child from a female is known as genitoplasty.' 
Indian society places a strong value on producing a son and heir, with daughters often seen as an expensive burden to be married off.
Sex determination tests during pregnancy are illegal in India to try to prevent the common practice of women choosing to abort female foetuses.
In some states such as Punjab the ratio of women to men has dropped as low as seven to ten.
Wealthy parents from Delhi and Mumbai are reportedly flocking to Indore, a city in the centre of India, for the relatively low cost £2,000 treatment to surgically 'correct' their daughters.
News of rampant abuse of the surgery - normally used to correct genital abnormality in fully-grown patients - led to a furious backlash on Twitter and other social networking sites on Sunday.
The author and feminist Taslima Nasreen led the outrage, tweeting: 'Shocking! Not only do people kill unborn girls, they turn girls into boys by genitoplasty.' 
She added: 'Doctors who practice illegal Female Foeticide & Genitoplasty should get life in prison.' 
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights today announced it had asked the state government of Madhya Pradesh to investigate the doctors and the hospitals named in the report.
Attack: Writer Taslima Nasreen said doctors who carried out the procedure should be jailed for life
Attack: Writer Taslima Nasreen said doctors who carried out the procedure should be jailed for life
Parents have allegedly pressed for the surgeries despite being told by doctors that the 'converted' male would be infertile.
The procedure involves doctors 'building' a penis using tissue from female organs, with the child then being fed hormonal medicine.
Seven genitoplasty experts in Indore boasted each of them had turned 200 to 300 girls into 'boys' so far, with only one being older than 14, the legal age of consent to such an operation.
Doctors claimed the operations were performed on children whose internal organs do not match their external genitalia - most commonly, girls born with some internal male organs.India has no system to monitor that claim.
'When the child grows up, he or she would be confused about the gender he or she belongs to. This surgery can stop the child from having sex-determination disorder and psychological problems,' said Dr Milind Joshi, a paediatric surgeon who performs the procedure at a city hospital.
A parent whose child underwent such a surgery at the age of two told the Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity: 'I think my child would not be confused over his gender when he grows up and can live a normal life as he would not have any memories of the surgery.' 
Another Indore paediatric surgeon performing the procedure, Dr Brijesh Lahoti, said, 'In India, there is no problem in performing these surgeries as only the consent from parents and an affidavit is required. 
These are reconstruction surgeries where sex of the child is determined based on its internal organs and not just on the basis of external genitalia.'
With no proper laws to protect rights of the child that young, the practice might have a larger social ramification, say medico-legal experts.
'The surgery can have profound, long-term psychological effects on an individual, who might not accept the gender assigned by parents and doctors before age of consent,' said Suchitra Inamdar, a counsellor from Mumbai.
Calling it a highly sensitive issue, Dr Joshi said people should be sensitised about these surgeries. 
Asked about consent of the child, he said, 'In India, consent is sought from parents till the child is 14.' This raises a lot of questions about rights of these children, who might grow up to believe that they wanted to be the way they were born and not corrected surgically.
'The Medical Council of India and the health ministry should look into the matter. There has to be some guideline or law on how a child who is barely old enough to talk can undergo a life-changing surgery at the parents' will,' said IMA secretary, Indore branch, Dr Anil Bhadori.

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