28 Jun '11, 8am

Indian craze for boys drives sex changes

Indian craze for boys drives sex changes

Indian parents' preference for sons has led to inhumane sex change operations on young girls. -- PHOTO: AP INDIAN parents' preference for sons has led to inhumane sex change operations on young girls, the Telegraph reported. Doctors in Indore, Madhya Pradesh are accused of conducting sex change operations on 300 girls, receiving almost $3,200 (S$3,975) for each operation. The doctors insist that only girls with genital abnormalities or children with both male and female sexual characteristics were subject to operations. However, parents and doctors have allegedly misidentified children's conditions to turn girls into boys. According to Dr V P Goswami, the president of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics in Indore, genitoplasty can have a negative social and psychological impact on the child as implanted organs are incapable of producing hormones, leading to infertility and im...

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