17-year-old undergoes sex change

Published: July 26, 2012
Rabia, subjected to years of bullying and pain, begins new life as Umair. PHOTO: FILE

Rabia, subjected to years of bullying and pain, begins new life as Umair. PHOTO: FILE


A 17-year-old girl, named Rabia, will start life as Muhammad Umair after undergoing a successful gender reassignment surgery (GRS) in Daggar tehsil, Buner district.

The sex reassignment surgery was carried out at the Parkash Medical Centre Daggar after a thorough check up.

“The girl came to my wife’s clinic after complaining of chronic pain in her kidney,” Dr Parkash, who performed the surgery, told The Express Tribune. He added that she informed him about not having any female organs. “We approached Dr Sher Bahadar, another senior surgeon, who suggested carrying out a sex reassignment surgery.”

The total cost of the surgery was Rs150,000 but Dr Prakash conducted it free of cost on a humanitarian basis.

“Since I belonged to a poor family myself, I aim to provide free treatment to underprivileged communities,” he said.

Dr Prakash stressed that while Umair’s physical transition was successful, he now needs a psychological change. His company should be converted from women to men so he is able to adjust in society, he said.

“We have offered him a job in our centre so he can gain confidence as well as for financial assistance,” the doctor added. Umair, who has three sisters and five brothers and a blind and deaf father,  is a resident of Ghazi Khana, a remote village of Buner district.

“I wanted to commit suicide because of the way my brothers and sisters behaved with me. My shave would grow and everyone would make fun of me. Our neighbours wouldn’t let me enter their houses,” Umair told The Express Tribune, adding that he was very happy following the surgery.

Although, Umair’s brothers were not happy and felt disgraced about their sister’s sex change, his parents are very happy.

“Our joy knows no bounds for having a new son as we were in perpetual tension about [Rabia/Umair],” Umair’s mother, Bakthe Kheraja, told The Express Tribune.

“Actually, she wasn’t happy with life because of her family’s misconduct with her. When I came to know about her real problem, I consulted many doctors and at last Dr Parkash really came through,” Farooq, a social worker from the area, who played a vital role in helping Umair, told The Express Tribune.

Umair called on the government to help him find a job and get married, in order to get on with his new life.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Azeema
    Jul 26, 2012 - 10:30AM

    It is great to hear such a positive news from Pakistan.


  • Shahid Ashraf
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:01AM

    I am happy for her becoming a boy to lead a better life. Good luck Umair. :)


  • Dinky Mind
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:36AM

    The doctor charged not a penny!! More “frustrated” and beauty conscious people will now flock in.

    She only needed a psychologist and face wax maybe! Such a young girl taking such a huge decision! Recommend

  • Zyad
    Jul 26, 2012 - 1:04PM

    We know about Dr. Parkash, they are from Sikh Community in Buner but very much kind and good unlike other doctors.


  • Ayman
    Jul 26, 2012 - 2:19PM

    i fail to understand from this article if this was a psychological case or a pathological one?
    was the girl just frustrated with the mockings at home or did she always want to be a boy deep inside?
    besides, its a long road after GRS with multiple psychiatrist visits, hormone replacement therapy and what not. whose going to look into that and the least fund the under privileged girl?
    at the end of the day, does she feel like a girl or boy, who does she get attracted to are pivotal questions
    however, i believe this was an unethical practise by her doctor and especially without the consent of her parents. I second dinky mind, perhaps, all she needed was a facewax and a psychologist!


  • adnan
    Jul 26, 2012 - 2:53PM

    GET MARRIED????? Is that possible??? I dont think so..


  • maria
    Jul 26, 2012 - 3:22PM

    @ ayman for gods sake,they wrote clearly that she didnt have any female organs…….so she was technicaly not a wokan in first place……n yeah it was A pathological case…….


  • Mir
    Jul 26, 2012 - 3:36PM

    What do you think was the reason of the pain in the kidneys? Read the whole article then do some research before opening up to the world. The parents are happy. The person who needed it is happy. Lets count the people who are not happy.. The face wax bit was pretty funny.


  • Arsalan
    Jul 26, 2012 - 3:59PM

    It’s somehow a very brave decision and action in some remote village of KPK. I don’t think that things like these would be praised there. This boy (formerly girl) has tied himself in a more harder situation. I believe if he’ll face more challenges in society now, and if the psychological treatment is delayed then i fear the next news will be painful.Recommend

  • Waseem Yousaf
    Jul 26, 2012 - 4:00PM

    First of all i am really happy to see such a bright change in Pakistan. Wishing a good luck and bright future to Umair. And our society is such a pathetic one that one can’t even imagine, “His brothers are not happy” Please Pakistan grow up.Recommend

  • Shah
    Jul 26, 2012 - 4:55PM

    A very good news…i hope he is able to move foward in life with this change….


  • khalid
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:54PM

    its a good news… & also it is ALLAH’s will, we are helpless before it.


  • Ayman
    Jul 26, 2012 - 9:44PM

    i am so surprised at the loss of any moral comments here. by looking at everyone’s bizzare comments and no moral ethic im not gonna go into the religious aspects of such an act.
    speaking by law, do we not agree that a girl at a tender age of 17 shouldn’t be allowed to take such decisions on her own? its mere luck her parents are thrilled to have another “son” in the family, can u imagine the havoc it’l create when such a surgery becomes prevalent and boys wana turn into girls in our male dominated society?? and mind it, it will happen!

    @mir, how does gender change help with kidney problems??? people get very happy after drinking and doing drugs, do u wana let that go too?
    @maria, if she did not have female organs but born as a girl why did she not undergo surgery to get female organs? she’s defying every law of nature! that too because she was emotionally disturbed! well, goto a psychologist instead!


  • Ali
    Jul 26, 2012 - 10:36PM

    Your neighbors would not let you enter their house. The problem was with them, not with you. Anyways, all the best.


  • Arsalan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:39PM

    @Ayman: I strongly agree with you. We always have a choice, all we need to do is to think beyond emotional challenges. Transformation is not a practice in our society unless rationalized, and I believe it can’t be.
    @rest: You surely have your point of view but think once that if sex transformation is the only solution, need to be applaud and evidence of Pakistan growing up then please guarantee that this science won’t be used for wrong in our societyRecommend

  • Dinky Mind
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Ayman, I stronly agree with you.

    When Allah made you a girl, you are not, by the most essential Islamic law, allowed to make a change in what He has ordained for you. The story ends right about here! What she did is highly immoral and unislamic!

    And mind you, there are a good number of girls who do have shave on your faces. Now if all them get inspired by this case, then lo and behold! We’d see so many men out there! Plus, she could have gotten female organs, why went for male ones?

    And for the pain in kidney, she should’ve developed a habit of drinking water! Hadd hai! Giving this premise is totally stupid!

    Besides, at the age of 17, a teenager is not mature at all. So its your own ignorance and stupidity if you let him/her take such a HUGE decision!!

    God, where is this world going?!


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