NGO seeks action against ’sex change’ doctors

June 27th, 2011 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) An NGO Monday Monday demanded stern action against doctors involved in the alleged surgical sex change of girls in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city.

“Stringent actions have to be taken by the authority like Medical Council of India (MCI) to keep a check on professionals doing such dehumanising act. A proper guideline to remove this practice of genitoplasty or sex change is urgently required,” Swadeep Srivastava of the HEAL foundation, a health awareness and advocacy group, said in a letter to the health ministry.

“Our country is already witnessing skewed sex ratio and such malpractices can significantly distress the situation,” Srivastava added.

According to media reports, every year hospitals in Indore perform hundreds of such operations on baby girls.

Genitoplasty is performed on children who are just five years old. The procedure costs about Rs.1.5 lakh.

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