From Lalita to Lalit, Beed constable to undergo sex-change surgery

Lalita Salve is admitted at Mumbai’s state-run St George Hospital in Mumbai. She will undergo a series of medical tests over the next few days before undergoing the sex-change operation. According to doctors, permission from Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) is needed before performing the surgery

From Lalita to Lalit, Beed constable to undergo sex-change surgery

“It’s been 29 years now since I have been living like this. Soon, I will be free. I am eagerly waiting for my new identity – Lalit. Finally, the endless wait will come to an end,” said Lalita Salve.

On Tuesday, after receiving permission from the Maharashtra Police Department for sex-change surgery, Lalita Salve admitted herself to Mumbai’s St George hospital. Currently, Lalita serves as a police constable in Beed, Maharashtra.

Lalita walked into the hospital with a new ray of hope and joy that could be seen on her face.  Tears rolled down on her face, but she was happy that her dream is finally becoming a reality.

Lalita looked mentally strong and resilient, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, she said, “Finally, I am in Mumbai. My family and friends have supported me. The doctors will run a few tests on me over the next few days. Then, they will decide the final date of the surgery. I thank everyone who stood by me in my struggle to get my identity back.”

The hospital administration has made special provisions for Lalita. She has been admitted and allocated a special room. Her uncle and brother are accompanying her.

Dr Rajat Kapoor, a well-known plastic surgeon, will perform the surgery on her. He met and examined Lalita on Tuesday.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kapoor, said, “Before performing a sex-change operation on Lalita, we have to seek DMER’s permission. We will run a few genetic and blood tests on Lalita. After going through the reports, we will come to know when we can perform the surgery.”

Dr Kapoor further added, “We will also perform physical and mental tests on her. She was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.”

After Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis intervened, the Maharashtra police gave Lalita permission to undergo the sex-change operation on Monday.