Madhya Pradesh government asked to probe sex change cases


New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to investigate cases of alleged surgical sex change of girls into boys in Indore and take action against the erring doctors.

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In a statement Monday, the commission said: “The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of an article in the Hindustan Times which said that scores of girl children had been changed into boys by doctors, at an age when they cannot give their consent for this life-changing operation”.

“This shocking unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at Indore’s well known clinics and hospitals on children who are five years old. This process is known as genitoplasty, each case costing about Rs.1.5 lakh,” it added.

It has also been reported that about seven paediatric surgeons from Indore who are associated with top private and government hospitals perform these surgeries, the NCPCR said.

Calling it a matter of child rights violations in terms of bias against girl child, right to health, right to life and dignity, and the whole process being highly unethical, the commission has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to get the matter investigated and submit a report within 15 days.

It added that the report should include the facts and figures of such cases, the list of doctors and hospitals involved and the measures taken by the state government to curb this trend as well as raise awareness against such crimes.