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Supreme Court asks Centre and CARA to respond to PIL claiming unregulated sex change surgeries, according to ET HealthWorld

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SC seeks response of Centre, CARA on PIL alleging unregulated sex change surgeries, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development, the Supreme Court has taken action on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) aimed at protecting the rights of intersex children in India who undergo unregulated sex change surgeries. The bench, comprised of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, has sought responses from the Centre, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), and other relevant parties regarding this crucial issue.

The petitioner, Madurai resident Gopi Shankar M, brought to the court’s attention the lack of recognition and legal status faced by intersex individuals post-surgery, including the denial of their voting rights upon coming of age. Additionally, it was highlighted that medical interventions related to such surgeries are considered punishable offenses in other countries, raising concerns about the lack of regulation and protection for intersex children in India.

The PIL has named Union ministries of Home Affairs, Social Justice and Empowerment, Health and Family Welfare, Law and Justice, and Women and Child Development as parties to the case. Furthermore, the Registrar General, the Census Commissioner of India, and CARA have also been included as parties in the plea, reflecting the comprehensive nature of the issue at hand.

The Supreme Court bench, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, issued notice and requested Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati to provide assistance during the hearing of the PIL. As the case progresses, it is anticipated that a thorough examination of the current legal framework and policies concerning intersex individuals in India will be conducted to ensure their rights and well-being are safeguarded.

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