Government Order follows a High Court directive against imposing parents’ will on children.
Written by Mohamed Imranullah S., The Hindu
In a major decision propelled by a Madras High Court order, the State government has banned performance of sex reassignment surgeries on intersex infants and children, except to overcome life-threatening situations. The decision has come as a shot in the arm for intersex activists who had been pleading with the Central and State governments for long against imposition of the parents’ will on innocent children and infants.
Complying with a directive issued by Justice G.R. Swaminathan on April 22, the Health and Family Welfare Department issued a Government Order instructing the Director of Medical Education to ensure that the exception provided to overcome life-threatening situations does not get misused and thereby affect the implementation of the ban being imposed after due consultation with experts on the subject.
The G.O. requires the DME to constitute a four-member committee consisting of a paediatric surgeon/urologist, endocrinologist, social worker/psychology worker/intersex activist and a government representative not below the rank of undersecretary to assess individual cases and come to a conclusion as to whether they fall under the ambit of a life-threatening situation requiring compulsory sex reassignment surgery.