As Hindustan Times reported that hundreds of girl children in Indore are being operated on to turn them into boys, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Madhya Pradesh health department on Sunday recommended measures to ensure that parents hankering for male children don’t exploit such ‘corrective’ surgeries with the help of corrupt doctors.
The state health department, on its part, has decided to seek documents and records from doctors who conducted such surgeries in Indore.
"There should be a strict procedure such as photographing and videotaping surgeries and giving proper justification for conducting them,” said Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director in the department. He has decided to call a meeting with the ASI’s Indore branch and the Nursing Home Association to discuss the matter.
Dr CP Kothari, president of ASI’s Indore branch, said, “If the health department asks us to furnish the details, we will ask all paediatric surgeons to provide us the information.”
Dr Kothari named the doctors who had performed such surgeries and said they will be asked to furnish details.
They are Dr BR Parikh, Dr Sangram Singh, Dr Milind Joshi, Dr Manish Patel, Dr Brijesh Lahoti, Dr Shashi Shankar Sharma, Dr Mayur Maheswari and Dr Rajneesh Kutumble - Dr Joshi, who had earlier spoken in favour of the surgeries, on Sunday said he had been misquoted.
State health minister Narottam Mishra said, "I have asked for the documents and will also look into the matter."
Those who don't need the surgery, said medico-legal expert Shirish Deshpande, should be accepted by society.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has reportedly asked the state government to investigate the matter. Such surgeries — on children as young as 1-5 years old — are rampant in Indore's clinics and hospitals. The city's genitoplasty experts say each of them have turned 200-300 girls into 'boys' so far. The low cost of surgery (Rs 1.5 lakh), relatively easy and unobtrusive ways of getting it done and vague laws are even attracting parents from Delhi and Mumbai.