NCPCR for probe in charges of sex-change surgeries
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Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011, 21:13
New Delhi: Taking cognisance of the media report that several clinics at Indore in Madhya Pradesh are performing sex-change surgeries on baby girls, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the state government to conduct a probe into the allegation.

The NCPCR has asked the state government to submit within 15 days a detailed report, providing all facts, figures and circumstances of the case.

It has also asked the state government to provide the list of doctors and hospitals carrying out the alleged practice and details of actions taken or contemplated against them.

"The state government has also been asked to take all necessary actions for combating the unethical practices of conversion of girls into boys, including cancellation of the licence/registration of doctors and hospitals involved in such practices," the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare said in a release.

According to the newspaper report, several hospitals in Indore are carrying out hundreds of such operations on baby girls every year. The procedure, known as genitoplasty, costs around Rs 1.5 lakh and is performed on children just above five years.

Calling it a "shocking trend", the NCPCR said such surgeries, which are performed without the consent of the girls, amounts to "child rights violations in terms of perpetuation of the age old preferences for boys and biases against girl child.

It's also a "discrimination against the female child" and a violation of "right to health, right to life and dignity and the whole process being highly unethical", it said.

The Commission also wanted to know what measures the state government has taken in terms of publicity or awareness campaign against the adverse effects of sex change operations as well as female foeticide and infanticide.


First Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 21:13

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