Monday, June 27, 2011

Impotent Boys Better Than Girls

Docs turn baby girls into boys by Amrita U Kadam of Hindustan Times is a great story. A tragic story.

The story says: “Girls are being 'converted' into boys in Indore - by the hundreds every year - at ages where they cannot give their consent for this life-changing operation.” The procedure used here is genitoplasty (under normal circumstances it is used to correct genital abnormality in fully-grown patients).

In Indore, however, this procedure is used for a very different reason: love for male child. It is absolutely disheartening and disgusting to me that there are people in this country who prefer infertile son to a healthy daughter. Girl converted by the procedure into boy, leaves him infertile, but not impotent.

It is an insult to the humanity. The government of Madhya Pradesh and all the agencies concerned have to take very strong step here. If they do not have a strong monitoring mechanism in place, they should just put a blanket ban on genitoplasty till the time they have effective monitoring.

This brings us back to the question of whether technology has done good or bad to the humanity. The technology is market driven. And market is misleading. The misuse is rampant. Technology is a manipulation that disturbs the ecological balance. And it will have repercussions, some of them long term and severe.

The problem is that technology manipulates living organism with an intended effect in mind. In this case turning girls into boys in circumstances that are inhuman, not just immoral. But technology is completely unaware of the unintended effects a certain ill thought intervention like this causes.

Now we know, thanks to Genetics, that the unintended effect of technological intervention that tends to manipulate nature’s design could be much more severe, quick and unmanageable than the intended benefit that would come out of it.

The Hindustan Times Report

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