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National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has been constituted under Section-3 of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 for protection of child rights and dealing with related matters. The Commission has taken suo moto cognizance of the report which has appeared in the Hindustan Times Yesterday (June 26th 2011) captioned: Doctors turn scores of baby girls into boys. As per this report, girls are being converted into boys in Indore by hundreds every year at such age where they cannot give their consent for this life changing operation.
This shocking unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at Indore’s well known clinics and hospitals on children who are 5 years old. This process is known as Genitoplasty, each case costing about Rs. 1.5 lakh. The process involves children being pumped with hormonal treatment as part of the sex change procedure that may be irreversible. It has also been reported in the abovementioned newspaper report caption that about seven peadeteric surgeons form Indore who are associated with top private and government hospitals perform these surgeries.
The above matter amounts to child rights violations in terms of perpetuation of the age old preferences for boys and biases against girl child, discrimination against the female child, the right to health, right to life and dignity and the whole process being highly unethical.
The Commission has therefore asked the State Government of Madhya Pradesh to get the matter investigated in detail through a team of doctors who are known for their high professional competencies and ethical standards and to submit a report within fifteen days including the following:
i) The facts, figures and circumstances of the case;
ii) The list of doctors/hospitals perpetuating the above mentioned practice and actions taken / contemplated against them;
iii) The measures taken by the State Government at the State/district and local level in terms of publicity/awareness campaign against adverse effects of life/sex changing operations/female foeticide/infanticide/preference towards boys/discrimination against girls and the reasons why such measures have not been effective (given the incident /trend mentioned above)
The State Government has also been asked to take all necessary actions for combating the unethical practices of conversion of girls into boys, including cancellation of the license/registration of doctors and hospitals involved in such practices and initiating penal actions against them under the relevant provisions of IPC 1860 and other applicable laws/guidelines. The Commission can be contacted at the address:
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
Ph.011-23724020/27/28, Fax: 23724026/23731584
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