Lahore woman seeks doctor's opinion for daughter's sex change surgery

Published: November 17, 2016
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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has sought the recommendations of doctors in a case related to the sex reassignment surgery of a 24-year-old woman filed by her mother.

On Wednesday, LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah adjourned further hearing till November 24 while holding proceedings on a petition filed by Shama Begum requesting permission to get the gender of her daughter changed.

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Sex reassignment is a surgical procedure by which a transgender person’s physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered of their identified gender.

Shama has sought court order for allowing her daughter to undergo the surgery, claiming her daughter was experiencing extremely painful bouts because of her changing gynaecological features.

The woman was admitted to a hospital where doctors conducted several medical tests. Ultrasound and further examinations confirmed the woman was undergoing sexual transition and needed urgent care. When the mother requested the doctors to change her gender, they refused to do so fearing legal action.

The petitioner said her daughter urgently need sex reassignment surgery as doctors had confirmed she was losing her female reproductive organs.

Shama requested the court to direct the Punjab health secretary to ensure smooth transition of her daughter to a boy as ultrasound reports indicated adequate evidence for gender change.

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A Punjab government law officer submitted that the ultrasound reports attached with the petition did not clarify the woman needed the sex change operation.

When the judge asked the petitioner’s counsel to present written recommendations of the doctors, the lawyer said he needed more time.

The chief justice adjourned the hearing after directing the petitioner to present the doctor’s recommendations to make her petition stronger.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sonya
    Nov 17, 2016 - 1:55PM

    Ever since Islamic revolution in our neighboring country Iran, the sex change operation had been allowed and Iranian doctors are conducting those very successfully to those who are prescribed for such a surgery, i don’t why this is a taboo in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 17, 2016 - 2:06PM

    Concerned mother taking a bold step for her child’s future . Recommend

  • saqib
    Nov 17, 2016 - 2:12PM

    @sonya
    it is not a taboo, many such operations have been performed in Pakistan, only that the doctors want to make sure that there are no legal problems later. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 17, 2016 - 2:29PM

    Imagine the condition of human rights in this country if such incidents needs to be approved by a court. Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem
    Nov 17, 2016 - 3:27PM

    What does court have to do with this? Its his or her personal decision.

    RIP human rights in pakistanRecommend

  • Munir
    Nov 18, 2016 - 2:41PM

    I think our religion is a complete guide. The mother should concern religious scholars. If Islam says yes then go a head and if Islam says not allowed then its a test, the girl should wait. Recommend

  • reader
    Nov 18, 2016 - 11:03PM

    what the heck does this even mean …Recommend

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