Sharing a plight similar to Lalita, Assam’s Rita reaches Mumbai

Like Lalita Salve (now Lalitkumar), a 36-year-old Rita Devi, hailing from a small village in Assam, has approached a Mumbai hospital for sex reassignment surgery. The doctors will perform a few tests on her to decide whether she is fit for surgery or not

  • On Wednesday, July 25, Rita Devi, a 36-year-old woman from Assam, met the doctors from Mumbai’s state-run St George Hospital.
  • Like Lalita Salve, Rita is also facing the hormonal issues and wants to undergo the sex reassignment surgery.
  • Rita will be admitted to the St George hospital on Thursday and will undergo few tests, to know whether if she is physically fit for the surgery.

“I am born as a girl, but since my childhood, my appearance and emotions are like a boy. My brother and sisters got married, but I didn’t. I was confused and didn’t know what is happening to me. One fine day, I got to know about Lalita. So now, I am in Mumbai and will undergo a few tests for the sex reassignment surgery,” said Rita Devi.

As My Medical Mantra began the conversation with Rita, one could see a dream in her eyes. A wish of being and living as a man. Rita hails from Hojai, a small village in Assam, where a very few people are aware of the sex reassignment surgery.

Rita added, “I got to know about Lalita and read about her journey in newspapers as well. Then I decided that I will also undergo sex reassignment surgery. During my struggle, my family and friends have supported me a lot. Now, I am in Mumbai to undergo a few tests, and then the doctors will decide about the surgery.”

She further added, “I was suffering from this since I was a child. Gradually, I came to know about this. In my village and state, no one is aware of the sex reassignment surgery. We have never heard of such a surgery. Then, I met a local social worker, Prasenjit Paul, who helped me to reach Mumbai.”

Rita’s elder sister, Urmila, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Rita had informed us (family) about her ordeal. However, as no one in the house is learned and we never took her problem seriously. When we heard and read about Lalita, we understood what my sister must be feeling. We are here to get more information about the sex reassignment surgery.”

A social worker from Assam, Prasenjit Paul is helping Rita to fulfil her dreams. Prasenjit has been accompanying Rita and her sister in Mumbai as well.

Prasenjit Paul said, “A fortnight ago, Rita met me. Then, I called Dr Madhukar Gaikwad from St George hospital. As per doctor’s advice, we are here to undergo a few tests. There many people like Rita, who wish to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Because of the poor financial condition, they cannot afford it. I wish the social organisation will come in front to help these people.”

Medical Superintendent of St George Hospital, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “On Friday, July 25, we will admit Rita to the hospital, and will perform few tests on her. She will be counselled about the sex change operation as well. Then we will take a final decision about sex reassignment surgery.”