Rita’s sex change surgery hinges on Assam govt’s permission

Rita Devi, who had visited Mumbai, to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, has returned to Assam. Rita is working with the Assam government as a contract labourer. And to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, she needs permission from the Assam government

Rita’s sex change surgery hinges on Assam govt’s permission

  • Rita came to the city last week and had met with the doctors at Mumbai’s state-run St George Hospital to speak with them about the possibility of having a sex change surgery.
  • According to the doctors, Rita had undergone a primary medical check-up, and other required tests to be performed once she gets the permission from the government.

For the past several years Rita Devi, a 36-year-old who hails from Assam, has been living with a dream to become a man one day. But, Rita’s endless wait to become a man has gotten a bit longer. Rita is working with a government department, so in order to undergo the surgery she needs permission from the Assam government.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent of Mumbai’s state-run St George hospital said, “Rita works with the Assam government. So, she needs permission to undergo the surgery. We have performed routine blood tests and other investigations on her. But, once she gets the permission for the surgery, important tests like a hormone test will be performed. So we have given her a month’s time.”

Dr Gaikwad further said, “Rita’s case is not similar to Lalita Salve. Both the cases are different from each other. In Lalita’s case, after the medical tests we found out that she had male hormones present in her body. But, in Rita’s case, she thinks that she is a man, and wants to become one. So, we have to conduct a few more tests on her. Once she gets the permission Dr Rajat Kapoor will take a final decision on her tests and surgery.”

Lalita Salve, a female constable from Maharashtra police, had male hormones in her body. So, Lalita had fought had with the government and finally succeeded in getting the permission.

Rita had contacted Dr Gaikwad from Mumbai’s St George Hospital after she got to know about Lalita’s case and her sex change operation.