A student from Guwahati,who wants to undergo a sex change operation on Friday moved the Bombay HC seeking court intervention saying his parents are opposing the surgery. His lawyer Ejaz Naqvi mentioned the case before Chief Justice Mohit Shah,who assigned it to a division bench headed by Justice S J Vazifdar. The petition will be heard on April 30.
Petitioner Bidhan Barua claims his parents threatened doctors at Saifee Hospital on Charni Road on April 17,thwarting his desire to perform the surgery. Doctors refused to operate unless he gets a court order. His lawyer claimed Baruas parents have infringed on his fundamental rights and had frozen his bank account.
Barua says he realized early in life he was born in the wrong sex. He preferred to dress like girls and behave like them,which angered his parents.
Barua,who calls himself Swati,approached HC after he got a psychiatric evaluation done in March,which he says confirmed he was fit for a sex-change procedure. He had come to Mumbai for the operation. He says his wish to marry a male IAF officer was also opposed by his parents.
The operation is said to cost between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh. His father,a respondent in the case,told reporters he would clear his stand in court.