Two sisters were turned boys as they went through sex reassignment procedure at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad on Thursday. In this connection, these girls – aged 13 and 15 – were brought from Gujrat for the surgery some days ago, as Dr Amjad Chaudhry – joint deputy director at PIMS – said the family had nine daughters.
This procedure is not uncommon in countries like the United State, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, but it is certainly a rare thing for societies like Pakistan. According to Surgery Encyclopaedia, “Also known as sex change or gender reassignment surgery, sex reassignment surgery is a procedure that changes genital organs from one gender to another.”
Then comes the purpose as there are two main reasons to alter the organs from one sex to another. Firstly, newborns with intersex deformities must early on be assigned to one sex or the other. These deformities represent intermediate stages between the primordial female genitals and the change into male genitals caused by male hormone stimulation. And secondly, both men and women occasionally believe they are physically a different sex than they are mentally and emotionally. This dissonance is so profound that they are willing to be surgically altered.