29 Jun '11, 3am

In India, some girls between one and five years old are being surgically turned into boys

NEW DELHI - Indian doctors have been accused of conducting sex change operations on girls from one to five years of age whose parents want sons to improve the family's income prospects. The Madhya Pradesh state government is investigating claims that up to 300 girls were surgically turned into boys in one city after their parents paid about 150,000 rupees (S$4,095.74) each for the operations. Women's and children's rights campaigners denounced the practice as a "social madness" that made a "mockery of women in India". India's gender balance has already been tilted in favour of boys by female foeticide - sex selection abortions - by families who fear the high marriage costs and dowries they may have to pay. There are now seven million more boys than girls under the age of six in the country. The row emerged after newspapers disclosed that children from all parts of India we...

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