NEW DELHI: Recently, In the case of, Srishti Madurai Educational Research Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Ors, the High Court of Delhi directed the state government to take major steps for the protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and to declare a ban on medically unnecessary, sex-selective surgeries on intersex infants and children except in cases of life-threatening situations.
Advocate Robin Raju from the petitioner apprised the Court that the DCPCR had submitted a detailed report to the Delhi Government on the issue of Sex-Selective Surgeries on intersex infants and children.
The Bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad has made a judgment while rejecting a PIL filed by the Petitioner which sought guidelines specifying the conditions when medical surgery on intersex infants and children can be performed.
Further, Court said that – In light of the aforesaid, no further orders are required to be passed in the instant petition. The petitioner, if aggrieved by the decision of GNCTD, shall be free to file a fresh petition,”
“.. the issue of sex-selective surgeries or medically unnecessary normalizing surgeries has a long-lasting drastic psychological impact on the minds of intersex people and deters them from even seeking medical attention in the future. This aspect is proved by recent news reports that examine the reasons behind the reluctance to seek medical help despite having symptoms of Covid-19 among a significant number of intersex people.”
Delhi High Court has granted eight weeks of time to the Delhi Government on the issue of Sex-Selective Surgeries on intersex infants and children.
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